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Root canal therapy isn’t something you relish the thought of, but unfortunately, the longer you leave that toothache, the more likely you are to have an abscessed tooth. If your cavity has gotten to the point of no return root canal therapy or worse yet, an extraction may be the only solution.

Root canal therapy is needed if the soft tissue, nerves and blood vessels inside the roots of your teeth becomes infected. Called pulp, it can become diseased and even die.

Root Canal Therapy May Be Necessary if you:

• Have a deep cavity
• Repeated procedures on the same tooth
• Broken or cracked tooth
• Tooth injury
• Tooth trauma

Signs that you May Need Root Canal Therapy Include:

• Tooth pain when chewing or applying pressure
• Sensitivity to hot and cold
• Discoloration
• Tenderness
• Swelling
• Nearby gum tenderness
• Recurring or persistent pimple on your gums

However, it is important to note that you may not have any symptoms at all, which is why regular dental checkups are imperative if you want to avoid root canal therapy.

The Procedure

After your dentist or endodontist, has numbed the tooth with an anesthetic a dental dam or rubber sheet will be placed over the tooth to keep it dry. Once dried, small holes will be drilled into the tooth. The inside of the chambers will be cleaned and sealed before a temporary or permanent dental crown is placed over the top to protect the tooth.

Depending on the severity of the infection, your dentist may prefer to medicate the inside of your tooth before sealing. If this is the case, your dentist will schedule a dental appointment to replace the temporary filling, fill the tooth and reinforce the tooth with a dental crown, which may require a third dental appointment.

The best way to prevent root canal therapy is with regular dental checkups. Call or click and make yours today.