Root canal therapy is one of the most common dental procedures performed with well over 14 million done every year. Root canal therapy can save your natural teeth and prevent the need for dental implants or bridges.
A common misconception is that a root canal is a painful procedure. Actually, root canals are similar to having a cavity filled and produce minimal pain.
At the center of your tooth is the dental pulp. The dental pulp is a soft tissue that is responsible for building the tooth during childhood. When the tooth reaches maturity, a thin sliver of delicate pulp tissue remains. Infection of the pulp can be caused by trauma to the tooth, deep decay, cracks and chips, or dental restorations. Symptoms of the infection can be identified as visible injury or swelling of the tooth, sensitivity to temperature or pain in the tooth and gums.
Common causes for the need of endodontic treatment:
- Inflamed/infected tooth pulp
- Severe sensitivity to hot and cold elements
- Tooth decay
- Chipped or broken tooth
- Blow to the tooth
- Swelling or tenderness near the infected tooth
- Repeated dental procedures on a tooth
Please contact our office for an evaluation if you experience any of the symptoms above, and we will consult with you regarding your options.