What Is A Root Canal?
Sometimes, bacteria gets out of control in a tooth and actually penetrates to the pulp layer of the tooth. This causes a serious infection that can also lead to an abscess—both potentially life-threatening conditions if left untreated. The root canal procedure relieves the pain caused by an infected or abscessed tooth. During the procedure, the inflamed pulp is removed, the surfaces inside the tooth are cleaned and disinfected, and a filling or crown is placed.
Signs You Need A Root Canal
A root canal is typically needed when you let a cavity or other bacterial-based issue go untreated with your tooth. It could also be just a genetic condition that causes soft teeth that decay or some type of dental trauma that got infected. Either way, there are some obvious signs that you may need a root canal treatment.
- Chronic tooth pain that does not digress
- Acute sensitivity to hot and cold when eating or drinking
- Swollen or puffy gums that are tender to the touch
- Pimple-like boil on the gum line with a foul taste or smell
- Swelling around the jawbone area with or without discomfort.
Additionally, if you have cracked your tooth as a result of an accident, sports activity or simply chewing on something hard, it could mean that bacteria has penetrated deep into the pulp and you may require root canal treatment.
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