Root Canal Therapy
What are the signs that a root canal is needed?
- Severe tooth pain while chewing
- Your tooth pain wakes you up at night
- Teeth that are highly sensitive to hot or cold, with the sensitivity lingering for some time.
- Discoloration or darkening of the tooth
- Swollen gums in the area of the infected tooth
What does the treatment involve?
First, the dentist numbs the area and tooth. Then an opening is made into the pulp chamber through the crown of the tooth. Once the pulp is removed, the root canal is thoroughly cleaned. Then the root canal is filled with a plastic type filling material to seal the canal so that bacteria from either your mouth or in the bone won't reinfect the tooth.
Root canal therapy has a high rate of success as many teeth undergoing this procedure can be saved and will last a lifetime. Additionally, the crown placed at the completion of this procedure makes it hard to notice that you had the treatment.