Root Canal Therapy
Root Canal therapy is a treatment used to repair a tooth that is affected due to decay or
infection. A root canal is performed when the nerve or the the pulp becomes damaged.
During a root canal procedure, the nerve or pulp is removed, and the inside of the tooth is
cleaned and sealed with a special, medicated material.
Root canal procedures have the reputation of being painful, but the procedure itself is no
more painful than having a filling placed. The discomfort experienced leading up to
seeking dental care is truly painful, not the root canal procedure itself. Signs and
symptoms for possible root canal therapy include an abscess or pimple on the gums,
severe toothache, swelling or tenderness, and sensitivity to hot or cold.
When the pulp is damaged, bacteria begins to multiply within the pulp chamber. The
bacteria can cause an infection or abscessed tooth. An abscess is a pus-filled pocket that
forms at the end of a tooth’s root. An infection in the root canal of a tooth can cause:
swelling that may spread to other areas of the face, neck, or head. It can also cause bone
loss around the tip of the root.
A root canal can be performed by a general dentist or an endodontist. After anesthesia
has taken affect, a rubber dam is placed to isolate the tooth. An access opening is made
at the top of the tooth and root canal files are used to remove the pulp and bacteria. Once
the pulp is removed and the tooth is cleaned, it is sealed with a medicated material. A
filling will be placed to cover the access opening. The tooth should have a crown placed
anytime a root canal is performed because it starts becoming weaker from the inside. A
crown will protect the tooth and prevent it from breaking.
Call us today to schedule a consultation if you are having a toothache or think you might
have an abscessed tooth. We want to relieve your pain as soon as possible, you cannot
afford to wait. (407-695-7774)