Root CanalAn Overview
When tooth decay is left untreated it can spread to the pulp of the tooth. When infected, the inner tooth pulp becomes inflamed and causes painful toothaches. Patients with an infected tooth root often seek treatment to relieve the discomfort and restore their oral health.
A root canal is a common dental procedure used to remove decayed tooth pulp and to restore the health and stability of the tooth structure. Root canals can often save the infected tooth preventing the need for a tooth extraction. The root canal procedure is designed to remove the least amount of tooth structure possible. The goal is to preserve the natural tooth, alleviate tooth pain, and help promote the long-term stability of your bite. If the issue is too severe, we may recommend replacing the entire tooth with a dental implant to preserve aesthetics and oral health.
Sudbury Dental Arts offers experienced, patient-focused dental care in the comfort of our Sudbury, MA dentist office. We work with each of our patients on an individual basis to deliver the treatment they need. If you suspect you may need a root canal or want a second opinion, contact our dental practice.
Why Is A Root Canal Performed?
In many cases, a root canal is performed to avoid a tooth extraction. Patients may need a root canal when their inflammation or an infection in the roots of the tooth. When a tooth is cracked or damaged, bacteria can find its way to the pulp of the tooth. When bacteria enter the pulp, patients are at a higher risk of developing a dental infection. If a dental infection is left untreated, it can result in an abscess.
An abscess can lead to extensive tooth pain, swelling, and sensitivity. Over time, these symptoms can not only be bothersome, but they can affect your overall health. Our team at Nesconset Dental Associates can work with you to determine if root canal treatment is right for your needs.
Signs A Root Canal Is Needed
Undergoing a full dental examination is the best way to determine if you are in need of a root canal. However, if you notice any changes to your dental health, it is important to schedule an appointment. These symptoms may be an indication of needing a root canal.
- Tooth pain
- Sensitivity to heat or cold
- Tenderness to touch or pressure
- Painful or uncomfortable chewing
- Tenderness in the lymph nodes and gum tissue
- Dark discoloration of the tooth