What is a Root Canal?
A root canal is a safe and effective 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 extracted.
Your dentist will begin 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 to help restore the tooth's function.
Why a Root Canal May Be Recommended
A root canal treatment helps relieve your symptoms and save your natural tooth. The procedure can also be precautionary and limit the need for more extensive dental work in the future.
By removing the decay and bacteria from the inner tooth, your dentist is able to help halt the spread of infection and work to restore the healthy portion of the tooth.
Most patients who have root canals experience little discomfort or pain, and end up with a restored tooth. With proper care in mind and continued preventive care, most teeth that have had root canal treatment can last a lifetime.
Signs You Need a Root Canal
If you happen to be experiencing any of the signs or symptoms below, contact us. Our dental team will be able to examine and 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