A root canal is the space in-between the root and the tooth. This contains pulp tissue and the nerve of the tooth. If the tooth is deeply infected or inflamed you may need a root canal procedure.
The most common cause is tooth decay, but other causes include trauma, multiple fillings, or a tooth that is in need of a crown.
In some cases no symptoms may indicate a root canal is needed, while other cases may feel pain within the tooth or other troublesome symptoms including:
Severe toothache pain when chewing or applying pressure, or sudden pain
Prolonged sensitivity of a tooth/pain to heat or cold temperatures (even after the hot/cold is not present)
Darkening discoloration of the tooth
Persistent or recurring bump or pimple on the gums
Swelling and tenderness in nearby gums
The root canal procedure is treatment to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or infected. A dentist can let you know if a root canal procedure is the best option for treatment. A root canal procedure involves removal of the nerve and pulp within the tooth, then the inside of the tooth is carefully cleaned and sealed. Without this treatment, the tissue surrounding the tooth will become infected and it's possible that abscesses may form. It is best to solve any dental problems early to avoid or stop any infection and save the tooth.
At our dental office, we try to make sure your root canal procedure is as comfortable for you as possible by using the most up-to-date procedures. If you feel you are suffering from the symptoms shown here let us know. Schedule your dental check up today.