Root Canals

Root Canals

Dental Health and Root Canals

Having a root canal, when necessary, can save your tooth and your smile!

A root canal is treatment used to eliminate infection and decay from inside a tooth. These relatively simple procedures are performed by a general dentist or endodontist (a dentist who specializes in root canal treatment and other procedures relating to the interior of the tooth).

What is the purpose of a root canal?

The goal of a root canal is to save a tooth that has a diseased nerve.

When a tooth is cracked, or has a deep cavity, bacteria can enter the pulp tissue and these germs can cause an infection inside the tooth. If you leave this deep cavity or crack untreated, an abscess may form causing pain and swelling. This has the potential to infect your jawbone and is detrimental to your overall health. Your tooth may have to be removed if it does not get the proper treatment in time.

What are the signs that a root canal is needed?

  • Severe toothache
  • Chewing / biting pain
  • Prolonged pain or sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
  • A discoloration of the tooth
  • Swelling and tenderness of the gums

What happens during a root canal?

In one, or several, visits your dentist will remove the affected tissue, clean, and seal the interior of the tooth. Afterwards, a filling will be added. If the tooth has extensive decay or has lost a lot of tooth structure, your dentist may suggest a crown to strengthen and protect it from further damage. The tooth is much weaker now as it has been hollowed out.

As long as you continue to care for your teeth and gums with regular brushing, flossing and check ups, your restored tooth can last a lifetime.

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