What is a Root Canal?
Root canal therapy is needed when the nerve of a tooth is affected by decay or infection.
In order to save the tooth, the pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth), nerves, bacteria, and any decay are removed and the resulting space is filled with special medicated dental materials which restore the tooth to its full function.
A root canal is an amazing alternative to losing an infected tooth permanently.
Common signs and symptoms for performing a root canal:
- Swelling in the gums due to infection around the tooth
- Deep cavity reaching all the way into nerves of the tooth
- Previous history of trauma, injury to the tooth causing the nerves to die and the tooth to darken.
- Constant sensitivity in the tooth which doesn't go away by any other means.
Is a Root Canal Painful?
Root Canal, in spite of its bad reputation, is actually not a painful procedure. Since the tooth is already hurting prior to the appointment, patients usually associate a root canal with being a painful procedure.
Some things to remember:
- Root canal treatment helps us save teeth which otherwise would need removal.
- Root canal treatment is not a painful procedure.
- Root canal treatment may take more than 1 appointment depending on the amount of infection present.
- Most root canal treated teeth will need crowns to prevent them from fracturing.
Dr. Davé can often start the root canal procedure on the very same day and will help you get out of pain right away.
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