Our Halifax dentists are committed to helping fix any dental issue, including infected nerves or tooth decay. A root canal may be the best remedy to restore function to your tooth.
What is a root canal?
Once infection reaches the pulp at the centre of a tooth, a root canal procedure is the best option to repair it. This procedure gets rid of the nerves, bacteria and decay found in the pulp within a damaged tooth.
A root canal is performed when the pulp at the centre of a tooth becomes infected. Once the procedure is complete, the tooth is then filled with medicated dental materials, repairing its function.
Preserving Natural Teeth
Sometimes a tooth becomes badly infected or damaged, and a root canal is required to save it. Whenever possible, keeping your natural teeth is preferable to extraction since missing teeth can cause complex dental problems that can be expensive, time-consuming and difficult to fix. For example, surrounding teeth may eventually drift into the gap, causing other existing teeth to become misaligned. In some cases, the jaw bone surrounding the gap may start to deteriorate, eventually causing facial collapse.
When compared to other options, repairing a tooth with a root canal is simpler and minimally invasive, and will prevent these sorts of problems from emerging.
Signs & Symptoms
The following symptoms may indicate that you need a root canal:
- Swelling or tenderness
- Sensitivity to hot and cold
- Abscess (or pimple) appearing on the gums
- Severe toothache pain
Your dentist will be able to determine the cause of the issue and can suggest treatment. Call or visit your dentist if you think you may need a root canal.