A root canal is often done to save a tooth that has a damaged nerve that is no longer viable.
Root Canal Treatment
Root Canal, or endodontic therapy, is the process of removing infected tissue from the roots of the tooth. A root canal is often done to save a tooth that has a damaged nerve that is no longer viable. When bacteria enter your tooth through deep cavities, cracked or flawed fillings, your tooth can become abscessed. An abscessed tooth is a tooth with an infection in the “nerve” or pulp. If the pulp becomes infected, it needs to be removed. An abscessed tooth may cause pain or swelling. Dentist will notice the infection from a dental x-ray or from other changes with the tooth. If left untreated, an abscessed tooth can cause oral health problems.
This first step of the procedure is to anesthetize the area. The next step is to open an access point through the top or biting surface of the tooth. Each canal is then cleaned and shaped in preparation for the filling material. Once each canal is prepared, it is filled with an inert material called gutta percha–the canals are then sealed. The tooth is now ready for restoration, which is usually a crown. The entire procedure is often completed in one or two visits.
Signs / Symptoms for a Root Canal
- Moderate to severe lingering toothache pain when drinking hot or cold liquids or food
- Moderate to severe pain when biting on a tooth
- Sensitivity to tapping or pressure on the tooth
- Toothache that wakes you up in the middle of the night
- An abscess on your gum may release pus or blood