What is a Root Canal?
Root canal treatment is designed to eliminate bacteria from the infected root canal, prevent reinfection of the tooth and save the natural tooth. When one undergoes a root canal, the inflamed or infected pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is carefully cleaned and disinfected, then filled and sealed.
An infected tooth can be a painful experience. Symptoms such as sensitivity to temperature, or pain (often severe) in the tooth and gums are typical signs that you should seek treatment.
Below are a few a few symptoms that mean you might need root canal treatment:
- A chipped or cracked tooth
- Deep decay or darkening of the gums
- Lingering sensitivity to hot or cold, even after the sensation has been removed
- Abscess on the gums
- Severe pain while chewing or biting
- Swollen or tender gums