Root canal treatment is an endodontic procedure that preserves a tooth that has been seriously damaged by decay or injury.
Why do I need a root canal?
When a tooth is seriously damaged the soft inner tissue of the tooth can be exposed. This tissue, called the pulp, can easily get infected if it’s exposed to the food and bacteria normally present in your mouth. If the infection isn’t detected, it can spread to the tissue around the tooth and form a serious infection called an abscess. Without treatment the abscess can spread and weaken the tissue supporting the tooth, which can lead to the tooth being lost.
Root canal therapy prevents infection by removing the pulp from the tooth and repairing the damage.
How do root canals work?
Root canals are performed under a local anesthetic. A small hole is drilled in your tooth to access the pulp. Then we remove the pulp and clean the inside of the tooth to prevent an infection. The tooth is then restored with a filling or a crown.
After the procedure you may experience some pain and tenderness in the area. This can be treated with over-the-counter pain medications.
If you experience sharp pain at the base of a tooth or if the tooth becomes loose it may be infected. Call our office to make an appointment.