A root canal is one of the most common dental procedures performed. This simple treatment has the ability to save your natural teeth and prevent the need of dental implants or bridges.
Root canals are often a feared word in dentistry. However, root canals allow us to save a natural tooth, which is always preferred over an extraction. Root canal treatment is used to repair and save a tooth that has been infected due to deep decay or if the tooth has been cracked. First, your dentist will remove the pulp and the nerves of the affected tooth and clean the infected area. A tooth’s pulp and nerve is not important to a tooth’s health and function after the tooth has fully emerged from the gums. If the treatment is not performed, pus builds up at the root tip and the infection of the pulp can spread to the surrounding bone. The result is pain and swelling and your tooth would likely need to be removed.
Symptoms for Possible Root Canal Therapy:
- An abscess on the gums
- Sensitivity to hot and cold
- Severe tooth pain
- Swelling or tenderness
How is a Root Canal Performed?
If you experience any of these symptoms, your dentist will most likely recommend non-surgical treatment to eliminate the diseased pulp. The injured pulp is removed and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed. Root canal therapy usually involves local anesthetic and may be completed in one or more visits depending on the treatment required.
If you are currently experiencing any pain or are affected by heat, cold, or biting too hard, please call and schedule an appointment to see us. A root canal treatment can save your tooth!