You have probably heard of root canals before. They are usually associated with something painful and unpleasant. What many people don’t know is that a root canal can actually alleviate a great deal of pain.
What Is A Root Canal?
When a tooth’s nerve or pulp area becomes diseased or injured, a special dental procedure called root canal therapy may help you save that tooth. If the diseased pulp is not removed, your tooth becomes infected and you could lose it. During a root canal, the dentist removes the pulp, cleans the root canal and seals the canal to protect it. Once you are healed, your dentist places a crown over the tooth to help make it stronger. Generally, a root canal is a relatively simple procedure with little or no discomfort.
Signs You Might Need A Root Canal
Some common signs that you could require a root canal include:
- You feel pain when you chew
- Your gums swell and become tender around a tooth
- You feel pain a tooth when you apply pressure
- The tooth becomes dark or discolored
- You have a raised bump on gum that has been there for a while, or comes back regularly
If you exhibit any of these signs, get in touch with us today. If the problem is caught soon enough, we can save your natural tooth from decay and infection with this simple, routine procedure.