Root Canal Treatment / Endodontic therapy is required if a tooth has decayed beyond a certain point. The tooth pulp has been severely damaged by the decay, or the decay has already killed a tooth. The process of removing the pulp from the center of the tooth and then sealing it will alleviate the pain and discomfort created by an infection or the decay. Root Canal treatment also prevents any infection within the tooth to spread to other teeth and gums.
Symptoms of a Root Canal
- Tooth Pain: The tooth may become extremely sensitive to hot and cold, may hurt spontaneously, perhaps in the middle of the night or when you are not even using the affected tooth to eat or drink.
- Cavity: If a tooth has decayed deep within the pulp, the tooth will create bacteria which can cause an infection and ultimately result in pain & inflammation.
- Abscess: If the affected tooth’s pulp has died and a pus pocket has formed around the root. You may experience a bump on your gum or notice a bad taste.
To be certain if you need a Root Canal Treatment, please make an appointment immediately. If a Root Canal is needed, it should be completed/treated as soon as possible to avoid severe infections, which ultimately can damage surrounding teeth and bone.