Root Canals

Severely abscessed teeth can be saved by the procedure of a root canal. Keeping that natural tooth is always the goal of your dentist, if at all possible. The latest dental technology will be used to perform a thorough root canal therapy.

What is root canal therapy?

The first thing that is done when performing a root canal is removing the infection and nerve tissue from the tooth. A thorough cleaning will then be done in order to reduce the risk of more infection. Once this is done, the tooth will be sealed and a crown placed on the tooth to strengthen it. The color of the crown will be matched to the color of nearby teeth to insure it looks as natural as possible.

How do I know if I need a root canal therapy?

The symptoms that can lead to a root canal are:

  • Infection of the tooth that is visible to the naked eye
  • Swollen and red gums
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Severe pain in the tooth and cheek

The infection is usually caused by tooth decay or damage. Often the infected tooth can be treated with a filling or crown. But if the tooth has become severely infected a root canal procedure will be the only way to save the tooth.

Contact your dentist as soon as possible if you are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above. It is more likely your dentist will be able to save the tooth if it is treated quickly.