What Is a Root Canal?

A root canal, or root canal therapy, is a dental procedure designed to treat infections within the pulp of a tooth caused by cracks in the tooth or extensive decay. The pulp, located in the tooth’s center, contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues. During a root canal, the infected or inflamed pulp is removed, the space is cleaned thoroughly, and the tooth is sealed, preserving its structure and function. Filling the tooth preserves it and helps prevent reinfection and saving natural teeth.

Root canal treatment helps alleviate pain, restore oral health, and prevent the need for tooth extraction. At Smile Design Dentistry, our experienced team employs advanced techniques to ensure a comfortable and effective experience for our patients.

How Do You Know If Your Tooth Needs a Root Canal?

Your tooth might need a root canal if you’re experiencing the following symptoms:

  • Persistent Toothache: Unrelenting tooth pain, especially during chewing or biting, could mean that bacteria has reached the pulp of your tooth.
  • Sensitivity to Temperature: Heightened or lasting sensitivity to hot or cold substances may indicate inflammation of the tooth’s pulp.
  • Swelling and Discomfort: Swollen gums or the development of a pimple on the gums near the affected tooth are potential signs of infection.

You might also require a root canal if you have a

  • Gum Abscess: Bacteria at the tip of your dental root could develop into a gum abscess, a small pus-filled sore on your gums.
  • Discolored Tooth: A dental infection may create internal discoloration of a single tooth. Typically, this discoloration will have a dark gray tint.
  • Dark Spot on your X-rays: In some cases, you may not experience a toothache or any other symptoms, but your x-rays could reveal an infected dental root.
  • Cracked or Chipped Tooth: A cracked tooth may have undergone trauma to its roots and could potentially be saved by doing a root canal.

If you’ve experienced any of these signs or symptoms of tooth distress, it’s crucial to seek a professional dental evaluation. Smile Design Dentistry uses state-of-the-art diagnostic tools to accurately assess your dental health and determine whether you need root canal therapy.

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