The problem: Pain, swelling, sore gums, sensitivity to hot or cold
What we can do to help:
If one of your teeth becomes infected or damaged, root canal therapy may be the perfect solution. In the past, dentists often had to pull infected teeth, leaving unattractive holes in your smile. Now, with root canal therapy, we can save your tooth and keep your smile looking its best.
What is a root canal?
Harmful bacteria don’t just attack the outside of your teeth, they can attack the inside too. Under the hard outer layer of your tooth there are tiny channels, called root canals, that run like threads down to the roots. These root canals contain pulp, which is made up of nerves and blood vessels that provide nutrients to your tooth.
Sometimes chips, cracks or a deep cavity can let bacteria inside your tooth, causing the pulp to become infected or inflamed. A blow or injury to your tooth can also cause pulp damage. Left untreated, an infected pulp can be very painful and may cause an abscess (a germ-filled collection of pus) to develop.
Sometimes, you can have an infected tooth and not feel any symptoms. But usually the infection will cause pain, swelling, tenderness and sensitivity to hot and cold. If you have any of these symptoms, you should see your dentist right away.
What is involved in root canal therapy?
During root canal therapy, your dentist will make a small opening in your tooth and remove the infected pulp. Your tooth can continue to survive without a pulp because it will be nourished by surrounding gum tissue. Once the diseased pulp is cleaned out, the canal will be filled and the opening sealed shut. Your tooth will continue to function normally, but may need a crown for additional protection and strength. A root canal will not only relieve your pain and save your tooth, it will also keep your smile healthy and protect you from the aging effects of missing teeth.