No More Pain
A root canal is a type of treatment to repair and save a badly damaged or infected tooth instead of removing it.
The term “root canal” comes from canals that are inside the root. In these canals are the nerves and blood vessels that help keep the tooth healthy. When a tooth has a deep cavity (severe decay) or is cracked, bacteria can enter the root canal. If left untreated the bacteria and decaying tooth material can cause a serious infection, or a tooth abcess, leading to nerve death, bone loss, or even loss of the tooth itself.
Signs and Symptoms may include:
- swelling around the tooth, a pimple like swelling
- swelling in your face and neck
- a hole in your tooth
- toothache or tooth pain
- cold and/or hot sensitivity
Decades ago, Root Canal treatments often were painful. With dental advances and local anesthetics, most people have little or no pain with a root canal. In fact, it’s probably more painful living with a decayed tooth.