What is a Root Canal?

Root canal therapy is a treatment to SAVE a tooth that is badly decayed or infected. During a root canal procedure the inside of the tooth is cleaned of infection and sealed saving the tooth and preventing the infection from spreading. 

When nerve tissue or pulp is damaged, it breaks down, and bacteria begin to multiply within the pulp chamber. The bacteria and other decayed debris can cause an infection or abscessed tooth. An abscess is a pus-filled pocket that forms at the end of a tooth’s root. In addition to an abscess, an infection in the root canal of a tooth can cause:

1.     Swelling that may spread to other areas of the face, neck, or head
2.     Bone loss around the tip of the root
3.     Drainage problems extending outward from the root
4.     A hole can occur through the side of the tooth, with drainage into the gums or through the cheek into the skin

What Damages a Tooth's Nerve and Pulp in the First Place?

A tooth's nerve and pulp can become irritated, inflamed, and infected due to deep decay, repeated dental procedures on a tooth, large fillings, a crack or chip in the tooth, or trauma to the face.

What Are the Signs That Root Canal Therapy Is Needed?

Signs you may need root canal therapy include:

1.     Severe toothache pain upon chewing or application of pressure
2.     Prolonged sensitivity (pain) to hot or cold temperatures (after the heat or cold has been removed)
3.     Discoloration (darkening) of the tooth
4.     Swelling and tenderness in nearby gums
5.     A persistent or recurring pimple on the gums or sometimes no symptoms are present.    


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