Root canal therapy is needed when the nerve of a tooth is affected by tooth decay or infection. In order to save the tooth, the pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth), nerves, bacteria, and any decay are removed and the resulting space is filled with special, medicated, dental materials, which restore the tooth to its full function.
Having a root canal procedure on a tooth is the treatment of choice to save a tooth that would have to be extracted.
Some patients believe that removing a tooth that has problems is the quick fix solution, but what is not realized is that extracting or pulling a tooth will ultimately be more costly and cause significant problems for adjacent teeth in the long run.
Root canal treatment is highly successful and usually lasts a lifetime, although on occasion, a tooth will have to be retreated due to new infections.
Don't put off the dentist and let a small filling turn into root canal. Learn more about root canal diagnosis, procedure, and treatment below.
Root Canal Symptoms
An Abscess on the Gums
If a tooth has become abscessed, it will require a root canal.
Sometimes the abscess will form a bump that looks like a pimple on the outside of the gums.
Antibiotics can help keep the infection from spreading, but the only way to remove the infection completely is by performing root canal treatment and cleaning out all the dead tissue and bacteria inside the root canals.
Root Canal Pain
A toothache is the most common symptom of needing a root canal.
Tooth pain may occur when the patient chews or puts pressure on the tooth.
Sensitivity to hot and cold.
Sometimes no symptoms are present.
Swelling and/or tenderness.
Reasons for Root Canal Therapy
Decay has reached the tooth pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth).
Infection or abscess, have developed inside the tooth or at the root tip.
Injury or trauma to the tooth.
In need of immediate care?
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