A Root canal treatment is necessary when the inner portion of a tooth becomes damaged due to infection or decay. A root canal infection usually occurs when decay reaches the pulp of the tooth or when a bacterial infection develops inside the tooth. Some common symptoms of an infected root canal include an intense toothache, sensitivity to temperature, swollen or tender gums or an abscess on the gums.
Root canal treatment can save the tooth from extraction by removing the infected material inside the tooth and replacing it with a medicated filling to restore function and structure.
During a root canal treatment, a local anesthetic will be used to numb the tooth. A rubber sheet is then placed around the tooth to keep it dry and prevent the infection from spreading. The dentist will then access the inner area of the tooth and remove any infected pulp, damaged nerve tissue and visible decay. The tooth is then cleaned and sealed with filling material. A temporary crown will be fitted for protection until the next appointment when a permanent dental crown can be applied.
For the first few days after this procedure, your tooth may feel sensitive. This discomfort can often be relieved with over-the-counter painkillers.
If you think you may need root canal treatment, make an appointment today by calling Crossroads Dental Care at (303) 927-0639.