Root canal therapy would be necessary if there is inflammation or an infection within the soft tissue of the tooth, which is also known as the pulp. In our office, instead of removing the infected tooth, we recommend that our patients always consider treatments to save their teeth.
Our doctors will go over the importance of saving a tooth rather than pulling one. By having a root canal and preserving the tooth, you’re more likely to have efficient and painless chewing. Preserving your tooth also keeps your smile looking natural, allows for normal speech, protects surrounding teeth from excessive wear and tear, and allows for normal biting pressure.
What symptoms suggest I need a root canal?
The most common complaint is severe tooth pain when you bite or chew. But you might have other symptoms as well, including:
- Facial swelling
- Extreme sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
- Darkening of the tooth
- Swollen gums
- Tender or bleeding gums
- Recurring pimple on the gums near the tooth
- Persistent bad breath
In some cases, patients don’t have any symptoms and the infection or inflammation is detected during a routine exam. Because dental issues can linger well below your gum line, it’s essential to have routine dental exams and cleanings.
What does a root canal involve?
After the dentist has the appropriate x-ray and determines that a root canal is needed, he will numb the area. When the patient is numb the dentist begins to open the crown of the tooth and uses small instruments to remove the infected pulp and nerves.
After the pulp and nerves are removed, the dentist places a biocompatible material, usually a rubber-like material called gutta-percha, in the canal. The patient will then be due to come back to the office to have the final restoration done to protect the tooth and restore it back to full function.
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