What is a Root Canal?
A root canal, also referred to as endodontic therapy, is provided when the interior portion of a tooth has developed an infection or decay. Often times, root canal treatment is the only way to save a damaged tooth from extraction. The treatment consists of removing the harmful living material that is present inside the tooth and then replacing it with medicated fillings. This process will restore the function and appearance of the tooth.
What is a Root Infection?
Root infections occur when decay reaches the inner pulp of a tooth or when a bacterial infection develops within the inner area of a tooth or at its root tip. A root infection can usually be recognized by the following symptoms:
- Bad toothache
- Sensitivity to temperature
- Tender and/or swollen gums
- Abscess(es) on the gums
The first step when conducting root canal treatment is to place a rubber sheet around the tooth that will be worked on. This will prevent the infection from spreading, and it will also help to keep the tooth dry. Next, we access the interior of the tooth and remove the diseased pulp, clean, disinfect and shape the root canals, and place a filling to seal it. The procedure is finished by applying a dental crown over the tooth’s surface.
If you would like to learn more about root canal treatment and how it can be used to save damaged teeth, please call our office at (623) 977-4001 to schedule an appointment.