A root canal is performed to restore and save a baRoot canal processdly infected or decayed tooth. During this procedure; the pulp and nerve are removed, then the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed.

This procedure is needed to treat large cavities or any advanced tooth decay, before the tooth can be restored. Dentists recommend a root canal to fix cracks in a tooth that will allow bacteria or viruses to attack the nerves and pulp of the tooth. Any severely damaged tooth due to an injury or accident also necessitates a root canal.

Tell-tale Signs that You May Need a Root Canal

  • Severe tooth pain when chewing or when pressure is applied
  • Prolonged sensitivity to cold or hot temperatures (after they are removed)
  • Darkening or discoloration of the tooth
  • Inflammation and soreness of adjoining gums
  • Persistent or a periodic pimple on the gums

Root Canals are reputed to be painful, but most patients will attest that the procedure it is more like having a filling. Patients experience severe pain prior to the procedure, motivating them to seek dental care.