Root Canal Treatment
A root canal is a dental treatment necessary to repair and save a tooth that is decayed, infected or has suffered a trauma.
Some signs that you may need a root canal include:
- tooth pain when chewing or biting
- Lingering sensitivity or pain when exposed to hot or cold temperatures
- Discoloration or darkening of the tooth
- Swelling and tenderness in the gums
- A persistent or recurring pimple on the gums
During a root canal procedure the nerve and pulp are removed, often with little to no discomfort. The canals are then cleaned and sealed, completing the procedure. Without a root canal, the tissue surrounding the tooth will become infected and abscesses may form. Alternative treatment for a tooth with an infected nerve is removal of the tooth followed by replacement with an implant, bridge or removable partial denture.
Most teeth that have had root canal treatment will require a full coverage crown to restore the tooth's function and keep it protected.