What are the signs that you might need a root canal?
* Severe pain while chewing or biting
* Pimples on the gums
* A chipped or cracked tooth
* Lingering sensitivity to hot or cold, even after the exposure is removed
* Swollen or tender gums
* Deep decay or darkening of the gums
Every tooth consists of three different layers. The outermost and hardest layer is enamel, and the second layer is dentin. The third is pulp, which is the cavernous space where the live tissue and nerve of each tooth is located.
Root canal treatment is the process of going inside the pulp space and removing the infected, dead tissue. The space is then disinfected and sealed with special materials.
Having a root canal is step one of a three step process. By removing the infected nerve of a tooth it no longer receives nourishment. Therefore, your tooth will become weak, brittle and eventually break or fracture. To prevent this from happening a post and permanent filling is recommended along with a crown to preserve what is left of the tooth structure.
Root canal treatments are performed with advanced techniques and materials, making them far more comfortable and faster.