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. Damaged teeth will die and need to be extracted if a root canal is not performed.
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.
Why a Root Canal May Be Recommended
Root canal treatment helps relieve your symptoms and save your natural tooth. The procedure also reduces 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 remaining healthy portion of the tooth.
Most patients who have root canals experience little discomfort or pain, and end up with a restored tooth. Most teeth that have had root canal treatment can last a lifetime if cared for properly.
Signs You May Need a Root Canal
If you are experiencing any of the signs or symptoms below, contact us as soon as possible. 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