When the nerves of your tooth become affected by infection or decay, it may be recommended to have root canal therapy. This is a procedure where the inside of your tooth that houses the nerve and the pulp is removed and cleaned. After the inside of the roots is cleaned it is filled with a dental material. This process removes any infection and maintains the root of the tooth.
When a tooth is infected and can be saved, we often have two options. Either we can perform root canal therapy or we can extract the tooth. Often people choose to extract the tooth, but this can have unforeseen consequences. When teeth are removed several things can happen such as loss of bone, shifting
Severe sensitivity to hot or cold, pain on biting, gumline abscess or facial swelling can all by symptoms that mean a root canal is may be necessary. There are many misconceptions about root canals that are not true, and if you are interested in discussing the procedure please contact our team at Valley Smiles.