What is a Root Canal?
A root canal procedure aims to prevent the need for tooth extraction by removing diseased material (blood vessels, nerves, and other tissues) from the interior of a damaged tooth.
Your dentist will begin the procedure by removing the diseased tissue from the tooth. Next, they will clean and disinfect the inner chamber and fill it with medicated material to prevent infection. To finish the procedure, the tooth is generally capped with a dental restoration, such as a dental crown.
Benefits of a Root Canal
A root canal treatment can help relieve painful symptoms, save your natural tooth, and reduce the risk of more extensive dental work in the future.
By removing the decay and bacteria from inside the tooth, your dentist can help stop the development of infection and restore the healthy portion of the tooth.
Most patients who have root canals experience minimal discomfort or pain and enjoy 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.
- Severe toothache pain
- Sensitivity to hot and cold
- Swelling and/or tenderness
- An abscess (or pimple) on the gums