Root canal treatment is a form of endodontic therapy that can help save your smile from severe tooth infection or damage. This treatment is a common method designed to effectively target infection and eliminate the bacteria developing inside your tooth pulp. A tooth pulp infection can often be caused by cracks or cavities in the teeth that reach deep into the tooth and infect the pulp, leading to bone loss and even tooth loss. To help protect your teeth and spare the need for an extraction, our dentist may recommend that you receive a root canal treatment to preserve your smile.
Common symptoms that may necessitate root canal treatment include:
- Severe pain as you chew or bite
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- Lasting sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
- Swollen or tender gums
The treatment process for a root canal will begin first with the removal of the infected tooth pulp, followed by the cleaning and disinfection of the inside of your tooth. Once this process is completed, we will fill and seal your tooth to protect and strengthen it from further infection or decay.