Root canal therapy is used to save a tooth after the tooth’s nerve has been damaged due to decay or infection. During a root canal, your dentist will remove the pulp inside the tooth, nerves, bacteria and decay. The space that remains after the procedure is filled with medicated dental materials that restore the full functionality of the tooth.
Root canal therapy is typically done to keep a tooth from being extracted. Though removing a damaged tooth may seem like the easiest solution, it actually turns out to be more costly for the patient. Additionally, it can cause significant problems for the teeth surrounding the damaged one.
This procedure is very successful, and it typically lasts a lifetime. Sometimes, a tooth will have to be treated again due to more infections, but this is not a common occurrence.
Common signs you may need root canal therapy:
- An abscess (or pimple) on the gums.
- Sensitivity to hot and cold.
- Severe toothache pain.
- Swelling and/or tenderness.
- Decay has reached the tooth pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth).
- Infection or abscess have developed inside the tooth or at the root tip.
- Injury or trauma to the tooth.
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