What Is A Root Canal?
A root canal is a type of dental treatment that we use to repair and save natural teeth that are badly decayed or infected. A root canal can help a tooth with infected nerves or damaged pulp, all of which takes place inside of the tooth. In order to stop the tooth from further decay, and to prevent the infection from spreading to nearby teeth, we perform a root canal as a final, serious step in preserving the natural tooth structure rather than performing an extraction. A root canal not only saves teeth from being lost, but it also helps alleviate pain caused by infected or damaged teeth.
We simply remove the damaged pulp, clean out the inside of the tooth, and fill it with a material that will help the tooth heal and protect it from further problems.
Signs You Might Need A Root Canal
The pulp or nerves of a tooth can become damaged or infected due to many things:
- The nerves and pulp become irritated and infected due to decay
- Repeated dental procedures, like large fillings, have compromised the inner portions of the tooth
- A crack or chip in a tooth develops into a more serious problem
- Trauma to the face includes severe damage to the mouth
Some signs you may need a root canal include:
- You feel pain in a tooth when you chew.
- You feel pain in a tooth when you apply pressure.
- The tooth becomes dark or discolored.
- Your gums swell and become tender around a tooth.
- You have a persistent bump on your gums.
Sometimes you will show no symptoms at all. This is why it’s extremely important to have regular checkups with your dentist. We can take x-rays and examine your teeth visually to make sure everything looks good. If a tooth in need of a root canal is ignored, you may experience:
- Swelling in your face, neck, or head
- Bone loss around the root of the tooth
- Drainage issues that can affect your gums and cheeks