What is a Root Canal?
During a root canal procedure, the endodontist will remove diseased material (nerves, blood vessels and other tissues) from the interior of a damaged tooth. If the root canal is not done and the issue left untreated, the damaged tooth will die and need to be pulled.
To start, your endodontist will remove the diseased tissue from the tooth before cleaning and disinfecting the inner chamber, then filling it with medicated material to prevent infection. Finally, the tooth will be capped with a dental restoration such as a dental crown.
Why a Root Canal May Be Recommended
By performing a root canal, we can help relieve painful symptoms and save a natural tooth. This procedure reduces the need for more extensive dental work in the future.
After removing decay and bacteria from the inner tooth, an endodontist helps stop infection from spreading and restores the healthy part of the tooth.
Most patients who have root canals experience little pain or discomfort, and end up with a restored tooth. Provided proper care is taken, 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 endodontist will be able to diagnose the issue, and determine treatment.
- Swelling and/or tenderness
- Sensitivity to hot and cold
- An abscess (or pimple) on the gums
- Severe toothache pain