What is a Root Canal?
A “root canal” is a term used to describe the natural cavity in the center of a tooth. This area contains a soft area known as the pulp chamber that houses the nerves. If this area becomes irritated or infected due to cavities, trauma or decay, root canal therapy is necessary. If left untreated, the infection can cause an abscess, which can lead to swelling of the face and neck and bone loss around the roots of teeth.
Symptoms of a Root Canal Problem
- Severe tooth pain and sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
- Tooth becomes discolored
- Swollen, tender gums
- A reoccurring pimple that forms on the gums
Root Canal Therapy Procedure
In years past, root canal treatments would take multiple long visits. Thanks to advances in technology and technique, the procedure can be completed in a single visit in less than an hour. Therapy consists of:
- The area around the target tooth is numbed, isolated and sterilized from bacteria
- The infected tissue is removed, and replaced by a rubber filling material
- The tooth is then built back up and prepared for a crown
Don’t continue to live in pain or let your fears get the better of you. Call McGue Dental Care today, and receive relief in a comfortable, pain-free environment. Contact us now.