Root Canal Therapy
Why Would I Want A Root Canal?
Dentists are always seeking to preserve your natural teeth. A root canal is a last, best effort to save a natural tooth while still dealing with severe pain and excess decay.
When Do I Need A Root Canal?
If a cavity is left untreated for a great length of time, the decay can become severe throughout the whole tooth. Even the root and surrounding bone structure can be severely affected. This infected tissue will definitely not heal on its own. You cannot just wait for it to go away. In the long term, this can have a serious adverse impact on your whole body.
What Is A Root Canal?
In order to perform a root canal, a dentist will need to use a series of files to remove the infected tissue all the way to the canal for the root. Once the decayed tissue is removed, the dentist will fill the cavity in order to protect against future infection. This is typically followed up by covering the whole tooth with a crown in order to seal the tooth for further protection.
How Do Know I Need A Root Canal?
The excess infection will reveal itself by several possible symptoms. You may notice an extra tooth sensitivity to temperatures. You may find that you are extra sensitive to sweets. It is likely that you will experience intense pain. You may also experience swelling, pain while biting, or a bad taste in your mouth.
Will A Root Canal Hurt?
The much-maligned root canal is actually a positive tool for the dentist. He can use it to save your real tooth. Because of advanced training, techniques, and tools, modern-day root canals are actually fairly routine and painless.