What is a Root Canal
A root canal or endodontic treatment involves the removal of a dead, injured or infected nerve. Inside your tooth, there is a space that contains the nerve. This space is also known as the root canal system. When bacteria enter your tooth through cracks or leaky fillings, it can lead to an infection. This may be accompanied by pain and swelling. If the tooth is left untreated, it can cause serious oral health issues.
When Should a Root Canal be Performed?
Often times, you will not experience any pain when a tooth requires root canal treatment. If you experience any of the following signs, please call our office to book an appointment. One of our Calgary dentists will assess and determine whether root canal treatment is an appropriate treatment option for you:
- Severe aching or throbbing pain when chewing or applying pressure
- Sensitivity to heat or cold temperatures even after the hot or cold has been removed
- Relieve of pain from drinking cold waterThe tooth has become discoloured or darkened
- Swelling around the gum line
- A pimple that forms on the gum
Root canal therapy is a great treatment option to save a tooth, otherwise the tooth would have to be extracted. Many people believe that removing the tooth is any easy fix but they do not realize that removing the tooth will be more costly and cause many problems for the adjacent teeth. A root canal is needed when the nerve of the tooth is affected by either decay, or infection.
In order to save the tooth, the pulp (the alive tissue inside the tooth), bacteria, nerves and any decay are removed and the remaining space is filled with medicated dental materials which restore the tooth back to its full function.
All teeth that have root canal treatment require to have a crown placed. The crown protects the tooth and further restores it back to its full function. The crown also prevents the tooth from breaking, so you can continue to chew comfortably!