We’ve probably all heard someone say, “I would rather have a root canal…” when talking about something they really don’t want to do. But good news! Root canal treatment is not what it used to be, and the once dreaded word “root canal” has become a thing of the past. With today’s advanced techniques and technology, root canal treatment is a highly successful procedure that can be painlessly completed in a conservative and quick manner.
At Family Roots Dentistry, we strongly believe that nothing is as good as your natural tooth and recommend root canal therapy as the treatment of choice to save a tooth that would otherwise have to be removed. All teeth have a nerve, or pulp, in their center. When the nerve of a tooth is affected, root canal therapy (also known as “endodontics”) is recommended to repair and restore the tooth to its natural function.
WHAT ARE REASONS WHY ROOT CANAL THERAPY WOULD BE RECOMMENDED?
Severe decay, or cavity, that has reached the nerve
Infection or abscess, that has developed inside a tooth or at the root tip
Injury or trauma
Crack or fracture that has reached the nerve
WHAT ARE SOME SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS WHEN ROOT CANAL THERAPY MIGHT BE INDICATED?
An abscess (or "pimple") on the gums
Sensitivity to hot and cold
Discomfort when biting
Severe toothache pain
Swelling and/or tenderness
WHAT IS THE PROCEDURE FOR A ROOT CANAL?
Gently remove the infected nerve and bacteria
Clean the inside of the tooth
Fill the space where the nerve once was with a medicated material to help prevent future infection