Root Canal Therapy
When the pulp of your tooth has been infected, inflamed, or is dead, we may recommend root canal therapy to treat your tooth.
What is root canal therapy?
Root Canal Therapy may be needed when the “pulp” of the tooth has been infected, inflamed or is dead. In order to try to save the tooth, the doctor must clean out the pulp and remove all bacteria and decay.
The area is cleaned and the root of the tooth will be restored in order to keep the infection from returning. We normally recommend that all teeth that have had a root canal treatment should have a crown placed upon them. A crown will help to protect the tooth and prevent it from breaking.
What are the signs and symptoms for possible root canal therapy?
- An abscess on the gums
- Sensitivity to hot and cold
- Severe toothache pain
- Sometimes no symptoms are present
- Swelling and/or tenderness
What are the reasons for root canals?
- Decay has reached the tooth pulp
- Infection or abscess have developed inside the tooth or at the root tip
- Injury or trauma to the tooth
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