A root canal is performed in an attempt to save a tooth that is decaying or infected.
During this procedure, the nerve and pulp of the tooth are removed. Then the area is sealed off and a crown is typically placed to prevent an abscess.
It is important to know when to consider discussing a root canal with your dentist. If you’re experiencing severe toothache and swelling, you might need a root canal. Discoloration of the teeth and tooth sensitivity are also signs that a root canal might be needed. Many patients put off having a root canal performed because of the pain that is associated with the procedure. In reality, it is not any more painful than having a filling replaced. We will make you as comfortable as possible during this procedure to ease any worries you might have.
Be sure to take care of your teeth between cleanings. Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Don’t skip flossing!! Flossing is an important step to maintain healthy teeth and gums. Also, use a mouthwash to help control bacteria that could lead to plaque and tarter meanwhile keeping your breath fresh!