There was a time that infected and painful teeth had to be extracted. With modern dentistry, infected teeth can now be saved with a root canal.
Root Canal Treatment may be needed when:
- The soft tissue inside the tooth (the pulp) becomes infected and inflamed
- Large cavities that have extended into the pulp of the tooth
- Trauma to the crown of the tooth that damages the pulp.
- Symptoms of pain and swelling on the tooth
- The tooth becomes sensitive to heat or cold
- The tooth is “dead” as indicated by a pulp vitality test
If the tooth goes untreated, the infection can spread to the bone which leads to bone loss and ultimately results in extracting the tooth. A root canal is a method of removing the dead and dying tissue inside the tooth. By doing this, we can prevent the spread of infection and save the natural tooth.
During a root canal procedure, our team makes an opening in the crown of the tooth. Then the pulp chamber and root canals are cleaned and the inflamed and infected tissue is removed. The chamber is filled with a rubber-like substance and the crown is restored with a filling.