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Unlike what you may have heard, the purpose of a root canal procedure is not to put you into a lot of pain. It is to save your infected tooth. Understandably, as the procedure can be uncomfortable, you are probably feeling a bit uneasy. Let’s explain in short what root canal treatment is, what are the signs showing you need it and most importantly, why you might need it.
Inside a tooth there is a soft tissue called pulp. The pulp contains nerves, connective tissue and blood vessels. It extends from the crown of the tooth all the way to its roots – where it connects to the surrounding tissues. Root canal treatment is necessary when the pulp becomes inflamed or infected.
Common causes include decay, injury (e.g a fall) as well as repeated dental procedures. Root canal treatment is the removal of the bacteria from the infected root canal system. The only alternative, in most cases, is tooth extraction.
A pulp infection is highly probable if you have the following symptoms:
If let untreated, such an infection can and will exacerbate all the aforementioned symptoms. Given enough time, the infection becomes severe enough that the only solution is to remove the infected tooth completely.
You surely understand that a root canal infection demands your full attention – it can lead to real disaster if left untreated. Canning Street Dental’s dentists are fully capable of walking you through the procedure as comfortably as possible. We can carefully remove all infected tissue, and ensure the area remains fully cleaned and safe. Moreover, using a crown of fillings, we will restore your teeth to their natural looking state.
If you suspect you have a root canal infection, make sure you set up an appointment as soon as possible.