Endodontic therapy, more commonly known as root canal treatment, is performed when the root of a tooth is infected. When decay or an injury result in a root infection, endodontic therapy treats the problem before bacteria can cause further damage. When left untreated, a root canal infection can result in immense pain, the spread of diseased tissue to other teeth, and even the need to extract the tooth. Fortunately, today’s modern technology makes it possible to perform root canal therapy in a way that is no more uncomfortable than the process used to place a common filling.
Effective Root Canal Therapy
During root canal treatment, the affected area is anesthetized for optimal patient comfort. Any diseased tissue within the canal(s) of the tooth is removed and cleared of any sign of infection. The resultant cavity is then filled with a biocompatible material and sealed to prevent future damage. A custom crown is placed over the tooth to restore full form and function.
How Do I Know if I Need Root Canal Treatment?
There are a variety of symptoms associated with an infection deep within the root of a tooth. The most common are:
- Sensitivity to cold or hot temperatures
- Pain when pressure is applied to a certain tooth
- A persistent pimple on the gums
- Swelling, throbbing, or a dull ache surrounding a particular area
- Pain that radiates from the jaw up to the ear
- Chronic bad breath
- A tooth that grows darker (usually a dull gray)
Schedule Your Appointment Today
It is important to remember that not all root infections present with noticeable symptoms. This is why routine checkups with the team at Brooks Dental are so vital to continued oral health. If you think you may be suffering from a root canal infection, please do not hesitate to contact our office to schedule a visit with our team.