What is a Root Canal?
A root canal is a procedure in which your dentist removes diseased material from the interior of a damaged tooth (blood vessels, nerves, and other tissues). Damaged teeth will die if they are not treated with a root canal and will have to be extracted.
The diseased tissue on the tooth will be removed first by your dentist. The inner chamber will then be cleaned and disinfected, and medicated material will be placed inside to prevent infection. The tooth is usually capped with a dental restoration, such as a dental crown, to complete the procedure.
Why a Root Canal May Be Recommended
Root canal therapy relieves your symptoms while also preserving your natural tooth. In the long run, the procedure reduces the need for more extensive dental work.
Your dentist can help stop the spread of infection and restore the healthy portion of the tooth by removing decay and bacteria from the inner tooth.
Root canals are usually painless and result in a restored tooth for the majority of patients. Some teeth that have had root canal treatment can last a lifetime if they are properly cared for.
Signs You Need a Root Canal
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms below, contact us. Our team may be able to diagnose the issue and determine treatment.
- An abscess (or pimple) on the gums
- Sensitivity to hot and cold
- Severe toothache pain
- Swelling and/or tenderness