What is a Root Canal?
You can see your teeth but you can’t easily see inside of them, right? You have a nerve in your tooth and it can be negatively affected by decay or infection. If you want to save the tooth, then the harmful, potential disease causing agents need to be taken out. This leaves a space which then gets filled with special, medicated materials allowing your tooth to resume its normal function and all is well. This process is a root canal.
Some people choose to have a bad tooth removed. Most, though, opt for the root canal. This treatment is highly successful and typically lasts a lifetime.
Signs You Need a Root Canal
What are some signs that you might need a root canal? If you notice an abscess or pimple on the gums, sensitivity to hot or cold, or swelling/tenderness in a certain area of your mouth, you might need a root canal. Sometimes you might have severe toothache pain while other times you might have zero symptoms.
Root canals are done when decay has reached the tooth pulp, which is the living tissue inside the tooth. Perhaps you have an abscess or infection that has developed inside the tooth or at the root tip. If you have had an injury (or trauma) to your tooth, there could also be a need for a root canal.
Few people look forward to the “dreaded” root canal, but the procedure is not as bad as its reputation. At Brockport Dental, we strive to make root canals as comfortable as possible. In the end, root canals help save teeth, and that’s a very good thing. To schedule an appointment to discuss a root canal at Brockport Dental, please call 585-636-0555.
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