Commonly called a root canal, root canal treatment is a type of therapy that is often recommended if the tooth pulp and nerves become infected or damaged. This may occur if injury or decay reaches deep into the tooth, past the outer enamel layer. When left untreated, this type of infection and disease may cause the tooth to die and make it necessary to extract the tooth. To restore the health of the tooth and avoid the need for extraction, our skilled dentists will remove the infected and injured tissues from within the tooth, clean the tooth and fill it with a medicated material. We will then cap the tooth with a restoration, such as a dental crown, to return the tooth to its original shape and function.
Indicators you are in need of root canal therapy:
- Serious tooth pain when eating or when you put pressure on the area
- Lingering pain and sensitivity to hot or cold
- A small pimple-like bump on the gums near the area of tooth pain
- Tenderness or swelling in the gums near the area of tooth pain
Most patients who have root canal therapy experience little or no discomfort, and enjoy a restored tooth that can last almost as long as the healthy original. To learn more about root canal therapy, we welcome you to contact us today. We are committed to restoring the health of your smile.