Dental Health and Root Canals

        When the nerves in your tooth become infected, you have one of two options. You can extract the tooth or you can try to save it with a special dental procedure called root canal treatment. Root canals are a relatively simple procedure involving one to three office visits. Best of all, having a root canal when necessary can save your tooth and your smile!

        What is the purpose of a root canal?

        When a tooth is cracked or has a deep cavity, bacteria can enter the pulp tissue and germs can cause an infection inside the tooth. If left untreated, an abscess may form. If the infected tissue is not removed, you will have a tooth ache. Root canal therapy functions to remove the infected tissue so that your tooth would be painless once more.

        What are the signs that a root canal is needed?

        Teeth that require root canal therapy are not always painful. However, signs you may need a root canal include severe toothache, pain upon chewing or application of pressure, prolonged sensitivity or pain in response to hot and cold temperatures, and dark discoloration.

        What happens during a root canal?

        Root canal treatment involves one to three visits. During treatment, our dentist removes the affected tissue. Next, the interior of the tooth will be cleaned and sealed. Finally, the tooth is filled with an inert material. If your tooth had extensive decay, your doctor may suggest placing a crown to strengthen and protect the tooth.