What is a Root Canal?
When the nerves become infected, as a result of tooth decay, a root canal is necessary. A root canal cleans the canals of the root, eliminating the infection. A Root Canal is an endodontic procedure, meaning it deals with the root of the tooth.
The Root Canal can generally save a tooth. As we remove the pulp, nerves and bacteria inside the tooth, we replace it with, a medicated, dental material that fills the empty space, removing any infection. Nerve issues inside a tooth can cause patients a lot of pain and discomfort, making the root canal necessary.
Generally the only other option to a Root Canal is a tooth extraction, which may cause cosmetic issues as well as create the need for a dental implant.
Reasons for Root Canal Therapy:
- Presence of tooth decay, reaching the inner ‘pulp’ of the tooth.
- Infections; they can develop into an abscess at the root’s tip.
- Some injury, or trauma to the nerve or root of the tooth.
Symptoms of Nerve and Root Issues
- Sensitivity to hot or cold liquids or foods.
- Sensitivity to sweet or salty foods,
- Pain and discomfort in the mouth or at the gums
- Swelling in the gums at the site of the issue.
- Pain or pressure while biting down.
- A bad taste in the mouth.