A root canal is performed in an attempt to save a tooth that is decaying or infected. During this procedure, the nerve and pulp of the tooth are removed. Then the area is sealed off and a crown is typically placed to prevent an abscess.
It is important to know when to consider discussing a root canal with your dentist. If you’re experiencing severe toothache and swelling, you might need a root canal. Discoloration of the teeth and tooth sensitivity are also signs that a root canal might be needed. Many patients put off having a root canal performed because of the pain that is associated with the procedure. In reality, it is not any more painful than having a filling replaced. We will make you as comfortable as possible during this procedure to ease any worries you might have.