Root Canal Treatments
We use root canal treatments to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or infected. During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. A crown is usually recommended to restore the tooth.
A tooth’s nerve is not vitally important to a tooth’s health and function after the tooth has emerged through the gums. Its only function is sensory – to provide the sensation of hot or cold. The presence or absence of a nerve will not affect the day-to-day functioning of your tooth. Treatment cost is based on the number of roots that need to be cleaned. Remember that not all teeth have the same number of roots.
Why Does the Pulp Need to Be Removed?
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. If left untreated, the infection spreads causing bone loss and the eventual loss of your tooth.
What Damages a Tooth’s Nerve and Pulp in the First Place?
Nerve and pulp can become irritated, inflamed and infected due to deep decay, repeated dental procedures on a tooth and/or large fillings, a crack or chip in the tooth, or trauma to the face.
What Are the Signs that a Root Canal Is Needed?
- Sometimes no symptoms are present; however, signs to look for include:
- Severe toothache pain upon chewing or application of pressure
- Prolonged sensitivity/pain to heat or cold temperatures (after the hot or cold has been removed)
- Discoloration (a darkening) of the tooth
- Swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums
- A persistent or recurring pimple on the gums
If you need a professional root canal treatment, we are at your disposal just one phone call away.