What is a Root Canal?
Sometimes, a root canal is necessary to address a tooth that has been damaged due to disease. An endodontist can remove diseased material (nerves, blood vessels and other tissues) from the interior of the damaged tooth.
Without a root canal, a damaged tooth will die and need to be pulled. Your dentist will start by removing diseased tissue from the tooth before cleaning and disinfecting its inner chamber. It will then be filled with medicated material to prevent infection.
Finally, the endodontist will use a dental restoration such as a crown to cap the tooth.
Why a Root Canal May Be Recommended
A root canal procedure may be necessary to help relieve your symptoms and save your natural tooth. This treatment also limits the need for more invasive dental work in the future.
When your endodontist removes the bacteria and decay from your inner tooth, they help to stop the infection from spreading. This also restores the healthy portion of the tooth.
Most patients who have root canals experience little pain or discomfort and have a restored tooth by the end of the procedure. With proper care, most teeth that have had a 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 endodontists 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