What is Root Canal Therapy?
Root canal therapy is a procedure completed to salvage a tooth by removing the infected and damaged root nerve of the tooth. The procedure involves gently removing the necrotic nerve and pulp to prevent further damage to the surrounding bone, teeth and gum. Even though the procedure is referred to as a root canal, the root itself is left intact, while the soft infected tissue from the inside gets removed.
What Can Cause An Infected Pulp in Your Tooth?
- Untreated cavities
- Large deep restorations
- A cracked or broken tooth
- Past or current trauma to a tooth
Signs That You May Need Root Canal Therapy:
- Severe tooth discomfort when chewing
- Long-lasting pain when exposed to hot or cold temperatures
- Discoloration or darkening of a tooth
- Persistent pimple-like swelling around the gum tissue
Most of the time root canal therapy is a relatively simple procedure that can save your tooth and your smile which involves little or no discomfort!