Root canals are necessary when the pulp layer of your tooth is infected. The pulp layer is the area inside your tooth. The pulp connects to the roots of the tooth, and if left untreated, the infection in the tooth pulp will go down and infect the tooth roots. A root canal will save your tooth, relieve the pain you’re feeling, prevent the spread of infection, and help you maintain the health of your mouth.
The Root Canal Process
Root canals typically require two appointments; one for the procedure and another for a crown to be placed on the tooth to help strengthen it.
After your root canal, you may have a temporary restoration, such as a crown, placed on the tooth to help strengthen and restore it to its proper function. When you come in for your second visit, your temporary restoration may be replaced with a more permanent one. This will depend on how much of the tooth is left from the procedure and its condition. Severely damaged or cracked teeth will likely have a permanent crown placed on them.
Abscessed teeth may or may not have any symptoms. The most significant symptoms of an infected tooth are severe pain around the tooth when chewing and swelling of the gums around the tooth. Even if you don’t experience any pain or swelling of the gums, it is important to see us regularly. Check-up appointments will give you an assessment of the state of your teeth and gums, including whether or not any of your teeth are infected and in need of a root canal.