A root canal involves removing the diseased inner tooth root (blood vessels, nerves and other tissues) to halt the spread of infection and restore the healthy portion of the tooth.
First, your dentist will remove the diseased tissue from the tooth and then clean and disinfect the inner chamber. The chamber and canals are then filled with material to prevent infection. To finish the procedure, the tooth is capped with a dental crown.
If you schedule an emergency appointment, Dr. Mitchell will be able to diagnose the issue, and determine if you need a root canal. Are you experiencing any of the following issues?
- An abscess (or pimple) on the gums
- Sensitivity to hot and cold
- Severe toothache pain
- Swelling and/or tenderness
There are many reasons for needing a root canal, including practical reasons why saving the natural tooth is a wise choice.
Endodontic treatment helps you maintain your natural smile, continue eating the foods you love and limits the need for more extensive dental work in the future.
With proper care, most teeth that have had root canal treatment can last a lifetime.
Most patients who have root canal experience little or no discomfort or pain, and enjoy a restored tooth.