What is a Root Canal?
A root canal is a procedure where your dentist removes diseased material (blood vessels, nerves and other tissues) from the interior of a damaged tooth. Without a root canal, damaged teeth will die and need to be pulled.
Your dentist will start by removing the diseased tissues from the tooth. Next, they will clean and disinfect the inner chambers of the tooth and fill it with medicated materials in order to prevent infection from further developing.
Finally, to finish the procedure, the tooth is capped with a dental restoration in order to support its structure and prevent future degradation like a dental crown.
Why a Root Canal May Be Recommended
Root canal treatments can help to relieve your symptoms and save your natural tooth. This procedure also limits your need for more extensive dental treatments in the future.
By removing decay and bacteria from your inner tooth, your dental can help to half the spread of infection and restore the health portion of your tooth.
Most patients who have root canals experience little discomfort or pain, and end up with a restored tooth. With proper care, most teeth that have had root canal treatment can last a lifetime.
Signs You Need a Root Canal
If you are experiencing any of the signs or symptoms below, contact us. Our dental team will be able to diagnose the issue and determine what course of treatment is best for your case.
- Severe toothache pain
- An abscess (or pimple) on the gums
- Sensitivity to hot and cold
- Swelling and/or tenderness