Root canal treatment can save your natural teeth!

When Root Canal Therapy Is Needed

When the pulp of a tooth (the soft tissue inside the tooth) becomes infected or damaged, it begins to break down. Bacteria multiplies within the pulp chamber, eventually causing an infection or abscessed tooth. If it is left untreated, the tooth will die and the infection can spread to other teeth, the surrounding gums and even into the bone, face, neck and head, causing further serious health complications. Fortunately, RCT has a very high success rate of cleaning and sealing the inner chambers of the tooth and restoring your oral health. In most cases, a successful root canal treatment lasts a lifetime .

Signs and Symptoms

Although our dentist will determine whether or not endodontic treatment is necessary to save your tooth via examination and x-rays, there are some common signs and symptoms to indicate when root canal therapy could be needed:

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  • Tooth pain upon chewing or application of pressure

  • Prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold

  • Discoloration of tooth

  • Swelling and tenderness in nearby gums, lymph nodes

  • Persistent or recurring pimples on the gums

 

However, it is important to know that sometimes there are no symptoms, yet a tooth can still be infected or damaged. An infected tooth must be treated as soon as possible, since infection in a single tooth can spread to other teeth, the surrounding gums and even into the bone, face, neck or head, causing further serious health complications.

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