Root canal therapy may be needed if you have a tooth with an inflamed or dead pulp (nerve). The tooth may be causing pain but can also be asymptomatic (no pain or symptoms). The pulp is made up of nerves, connective tissue, and blood vessels that provide nutrients essential for the growth and vitality of your teeth. When the pulp is infected it can lead to an abscess and cause severe pain. Removing the inflamed or infected pulp is the best way to save the tooth and prevent the need for tooth extraction.
The procedure involves making a small opening on the biting surface of the tooth to gain access to the nerve. Once the pulp is removed, the root is cleaned then sealed with a rubber filling material. The tooth is sealed with a regular filling but a full coverage dental restoration such as a crown is often required long term to protect the tooth from fracture or damage.
Do I need a root canal?
Some signs that you may need a root canal could be:
Although these are common indicators found in root canal patients, it is best to contact our office and book an appointment for an exam to have your symptoms checked.