Root canal treatment is a dental procedure used to protect and preserve a severely damaged or infected tooth. It will relieve your pain and preserve your tooth.
When Is Root Canal Treatment Needed?
If you have a toothache, it’s usually a symptom of inflammation or infection in your tooth. Trauma or decay can cause inflammation or infection. Your body responds to an infection by sending antibodies and white blood cells to fight the bacteria. The tissue swells and turns red.
There is no room inside your tooth for white blood cells and antibodies, so when the pulp tissue in your tooth tries to swell, it chokes and dies. The infection spreads to the canals of the tooth and reaches the bone tissue at the end of the tooth. A tooth abscess develops, and the infection needs a root canal treatment for the following reasons:
- Remove the infection
- Relieve the symptoms
- Preserve your tooth
What to Expect
- Any decay and infected or dead tissue are thoroughly cleaned out of your tooth.
- Your tooth will be disinfected.
- Root canal sealer material is used to fill the entire tooth, including the roots.
- The tooth will be weak, and a dental crown is needed to protect it from decay and further damage.
Some people think that the procedure will be painful, and they prefer to have the tooth extracted. But extracting the tooth is the more traumatic procedure. Often the tissue inside your tooth is dead and incapable of registering any pain. Dr. Saleh or Dr. Shaer will ensure that the procedure is comfortable for you—not painful. And sedation dentistry is available to help you stay relaxed throughout the procedure. Read our sedation dentistry page to learn about the available options.
If you have a toothache, or if you think that your tooth might be infected, contact us. Dr. Saleh or Dr. Shaer will examine your tooth and recommend the appropriate treatment.
“Because of Dr. Saleh’s early diagnosis of an infection in my mouth, he saved my tooth! I received a root canal for it. Everything about that experience was top-notch—great care, excellent results, and no pain during or after.” – Linda B.