Root Canal Therapy

A root canal is the hollow space at the center of a tooth. This area helps to provide the tooth with the nutrients it needs to stay healthy. When these canals become infected and/or inflamed, a root canal treatment must be performed. Without treatment, the natural cycle of the tooth can be thrown off which could result in losing the tooth.

Endodontics, the name for a root canal treatment, aims to stop the issues affecting the roots, such as infection. By removing the pulp in the roots, thoroughly cleaning the area, and filling it, the process of a tooth dying is halted. Once the procedure is complete, a natural looking crown is placed atop the tooth to give back a realistic look. The tooth can now act like a normal tooth and blends in seamlessly.

A tooth not fixed with a root canal treatment is more prone to falling out which can create a large number of other issues to deal with including bone deterioration, nearby teeth spreading, or needing dentures or an implant. Early detection of issues is crucial to successful root canal treatments. Some warning signs to look for:

  • Tooth pain (ranging from mild to severe, can lessen and intensify, could get worse when biting down)
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold
  • Tender gums
  • Swollen gums
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Soft tissue asymmetry
  • Fractures or chips in the tooth
  • A bump in the gums

If you experience any of the symptoms above, give us a call to set up an appointment asap.

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