What is a root canal?

Root canal treatment is the process of removing the inflamed or infected pulp tissue from a tooth in order to preserve the natural dentition.

When a tooth is cracked or has a deep cavity, bacteria can enter the pulp tissue and cause an infection within the tooth. If left untreated, the infection can lead to the development of an abscess, which is commonly associated with pain or swelling. 

Root canal treatment is a safe and effective option to treat dental infections and help to save teeth.

What are the signs that a root canal is needed?

Teeth that require root canal therapy are not always painful. However, signs you may need a root canal include severe toothache, pain upon chewing or application of pressure, prolonged sensitivity or pain in response to hot and cold temperatures, a dark discoloration of the tooth, and swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums. If you experience any of these symptoms, contact your dentist to arrange for an examination.

What happens during a root canal?

Dr. Pakozdi specializes in root canal treatment, so this is the only area of dentistry offered in their office. During the treatment, the inflamed or infected pulp tissue is removed through an access in the top of your tooth, then the root is cleaned and filled with a root filling material. At the end of the treatment, you will have a temporary filling in the tooth so will have to return to your regular dentist for a permanent filling. In some cases, a crown is beneficial as well to protect the tooth and improve the longevity of the treatment. 


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