ROOT CANALS TREATMENT

A root canal is a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes infected.

Root canal procedures are performed when the nerve of the tooth becomes infected or the pulp becomes damaged. During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed.

What Are the Signs that a Root Canal Is Needed?

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
    • Sometimes no symptoms are present

Root canal procedure: unhealthy or injured tooth, subsequent creation of an access cavity with a dental handpiece, cleaning & shaping the root canals with an endodontic file, and restoration with gutta-percha filling and a crown

Saving your natural teeth is the very best option, if possible. Your natural teeth allow you to eat a wide variety of foods necessary to maintain proper nutrition. The root canal procedure is the treatment of choice.

The only alternative to a root canal procedure is having the tooth extracted and replaced with a bridge, implant, or removable partial denture to restore chewing function and prevent adjacent teeth from shifting.