What is a Root Canal?
A root canal is a procedure that has your dentist removing diseased material (nerves, blood vessels and other tissues) from the interior of a damaged tooth.
Without a root canal, damaged teeth will die and need to be extracted. The infection may cause pain, spread to adjacent teeth and impact your general health. In addition, when teeth are infected they tend to cause throbbing pain and sensitivity.
The dentist will start by removing the diseased tissue from the tooth before cleaning and disinfecting the inner chamber. The chamber will then be filled with medicated material to prevent infection. To conclude the procedure, the tooth will generally be capped with a dental restoration such as a dental crown.
Why a Root Canal May Be Recommended
A root canal treatment can help to relieve painful or bothersome symptoms and save a natural tooth. The procedure also limits the need for more extensive dental work in years to come.
By removing bacteria and decay from an inner tooth, the dentist can help stop infection from spreading and restore the healthy part of a tooth.
Most patients who have root canals experience little pain or discomfort from the procedure itself and will be left 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 treatment.
- An abscess (or pimple) on the gums
- Sensitivity to hot and cold
- Severe toothache pain
- Swelling and/or tenderness