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 decaying tooth. Without a root canal, damaged teeth will die and will require removal.
Your dentist will begin by removing the diseased tissue from the tooth. Next, they will clean and disinfect the inner space 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.
Why a Root Canal May Be Recommended
A root canal treatment helps relieve your symptoms and save your natural tooth. The procedure also limits the need for more extensive dental work later on.
By removing the decay and bacteria from inside the tooth, your dentist can help stop the spread of infection and restore the healthy parts of the tooth.
Most patients who have root canals experience minimal 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 can diagnose the issue, and determine treatment.
- Severe toothache pain
- Sensitivity to hot and cold
- An abscess (or pimple) on the gums
- Swelling and/or tenderness