Root canal therapy may be required if the nerve of your tooth has become affected by decay or infection. In order to save the tooth, your dentist can remove the pulp (living tissue in the tooth), nerves, bacteria and any decay. Then the resulting space is filled with special medicated dental materials, which restore the tooth to its full function.
Signs and Symptoms for Possible Root Canal Problems Are:
- An abscess (or pimple) on the gums
- Sensitivity to hot and cold
- Severe toothache pain
- Sometimes no symptoms are present
- Swelling and/or tenderness
Most dentists consider a root canal to be the best course of treatment to save a tooth that otherwise would die and need removal. After the root canal is completed it usually needs a dental crown to return the tooth to its original shape.
If you are interested in finding out more about root canal therapy, contact our Westerville dentists through our website or call us directly at (614) 882-1135. Westerville Dental Associates remains committed to being the very best at providing patients with optimal care, while making them feel right at home.