Root Canal Therapy is used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes infected. During a root canal procedure the nerve and pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth), nerves, bacteria, and any decay are removed and the resulting space is filled with special, medicated, dental materials, which restore the tooth to its full function. Having a root canal done on a tooth is the treatment of choice to save a tooth that otherwise would die and have to be removed. Many patients believe that removing a tooth that has problems is the solution, but what is not realized is that extracting (pulling) a tooth will ultimately be more costly and can potentially cause problems for adjacent teeth. Root canal treatment is highly successful and usually lasts a lifetime although, on occasion, a tooth will have to be retreated due to new infections.
Signs and Symptoms for Possible Root Canal Therapy: An abscess (or pimple) on the gums, sensitivity to hot and cold, severe toothache pain, sometimes no symptoms are present, or swelling and/or tenderness.