A Root Canal is a treatment used to repair and save a tooth when its nerve has become irritated, inflamed and infected due to deep decay, a crack in the tooth, or trauma to the tooth. Sometimes no symptoms are present, however, signs you may need a root canal include:
- Severe toothache pain upon chewing or application of pressure
- Prolonged sensitivity/pain to heat or cold temperature (after the hot or cold has been removed)
- Discoloration (a darkening) of the tooth
- Swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums
- A persistent or recurring pimple on the gums
A root canal requires one or more office visits. The infected nerve tissue is cleaned out from within the tooth and sealed. The tooth then is restored back to full function either with a filling or a crown, which will be determined by your dentist.
Root canal procedures have had the unfortunate reputation of being painful. Actually, most people report that the treatment itself is no more painful than having a filling placed.
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