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.
To begin, your dentist will remove the diseased tissue from the tooth. The inner chamber will then be cleaned and disinfected before being filled with medicated material to prevent infection. The tooth is usually capped with a dental restoration, such as a dental crown, to complete the procedure.
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 in the future.
By removing the decay and bacteria from the inner tooth, your dentist can help halt the spread of infection and restore the healthy portion of the tooth.
Most root canal patients experience little discomfort or pain and end up with a restored tooth. Most root canal-treated teeth can last a lifetime if properly cared for.
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.
- An abscess (or pimple) on the gums
- Sensitivity to hot and cold
- Severe toothache pain
- Swelling and/or tenderness