Root canal therapy (endodontics) can save your tooth even when the nerve is infected or decayed.
If you have symptoms such as abscessed gums, sensitivity to hot and cold, severe toothache and swelling and/or tenderness, you could require root canal therapy. In order to save the tooth, the pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth), nerves, bacteria, and any decay are removed and the resulting space is filled with medicated dental materials, thereby eliminating the pain and infection.
Having a root canal done on a tooth is the treatment of choice to save a tooth that otherwise would have to be removed and subsequently replaced, a procedure which can be more costly and cause significant problems for adjacent teeth.
Often the patient is in some discomfort, so root canals are often done as emergency procedures. However, the procedure itself does not have to be painful and it is an effective and preferable choice to having the tooth pulled in most cases.
Your dentist at Sheridan Dental Centre can explain the procedure and when root canal therapy is the appropriate choice.
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