What is a root canal?
A root canal is when the pulp chamber and root canals of your tooth are cleaned, any infected, decayed or diseased areas are removed, and a filling material is placed in the canals to seal them. A crown or cap is placed on your tooth to seal, protect and restore it.
Why a root canal?
The root canal treatment we provide brings you relief of pain and restores your mouth to health! It also promotes quicker healing and stops an infection from spreading, which could cause total tooth loss.
When do you need a root canal?
There are times when decay goes beyond the surface of a tooth into the pulp, which is the soft tissue of your tooth where the blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue are located. That decay causes an infection and disease that when left untreated could spread and cause you to lose your tooth completely.
This treatment is also performed if you have an abscessed tooth, which is when there is an infection and a pocket of pus near the pulp chamber, which starts to damage the bone around your tooth.
An infected pulp could be caused by:
- A deep cavity.
- A cracked or broken tooth.
- Injury to the tooth.
In more involved cases, Dr. Paul will refer you to an Endodontist, which is a specialized provider who works with diseased tooth pulp.
What are the symptoms of an infected tooth pulp?
- Sensitivity to hot, cold, or sweets.
- Any type of pain, especially when biting or applying pressure.
- Swelling of your gum or cheek.
- A bad taste in your mouth.
There are also times there are no symptoms associated with infection, so it is important to maintain your hygiene check-ups and to practice good oral hygiene habits.