What Is a Root Canal?
The term “root canal” is often used to refer to a dental procedure, but the root canal itself could use some explanation.
The root canal is the narrow passageway that contains your tooth’s nerves. This passageway can become prone to infection when the inside of your tooth is opened up to bacteria— usually through decay or injury of some sort.
Bacteria irritate the nerves in the root canal, leading to a terrible toothache that may leave you wishing you could simply pull the tooth yourself.
Symptoms of a Tooth Infection
In addition to a terrible toothache, you may also experience some of the following symptoms:
- Sensitivity to temperature.
- Facial swelling.
- Tooth discoloration.
- Difficulty chewing or biting.
- Pus or salty fluid in your mouth.
If you are experiencing any of these distressing symptoms, please contact our office immediately! We want to clear out the infection, relieve your symptoms, and restore your oral health.
A tooth infection is considered a dental emergency. We will make time to see you as soon as we can, so we can help you save your teeth and your oral health!
Root Canal Therapy Saves Teeth!
In the past, extraction was the only way to prevent an infection from spreading throughout your mouth. Although there are times when an extraction is helpful, our primary goal is to save your natural teeth. Root canal therapy can help us do just that!
Root canal therapy is when we clear the infection out of the inner portions of your tooth. By removing the irritating bacteria, we are able to offer lasting relief from the terrible toothache you have been experiencing— and save your tooth from extraction at the same time!