Also referred to as endodontic therapy, a root canal procedure is provided when the interior portion of a tooth has developed an infection or decay. In many cases, root canal treatment is the only way to save a damaged tooth from extraction. The treatment consists of removing the harmful living material that is present inside the tooth and then replacing it with medicated fillings. This process will restore the function and appearance of the tooth, while still retaining its original structure and integrity.
Root canal infections occur when decay reaches the inner pulp of a tooth or when a bacterial infection develops within the inner area of a tooth or at its root tip. A root canal infection can usually be recognized by the following symptoms:
- Severe toothache
- Temperature sensitivities
- Tender and swollen gums
- Abscess on the gums
The first step when conducting root canal treatment is to place a rubber sheet around the tooth that will be worked on. This will prevent the infection from spreading, and it will also help to keep the tooth dry. Next, specialized dental tools are used in order to access the interior of the tooth and carefully remove the diseased pulp inside the tooth, clean, disinfect and shapes the root canals, and place a filling to seal the space. The procedure is finished by applying a dental crown over the tooth’s surface so that harmful fractures are prevented from occurring later.
If you would like to learn more about root canal treatment and how it can be used to save damaged teeth, please call our office at (602) 598-0338 to schedule an appointment.