If you start to experience tooth or gum pain, notice inflammation or swelling or see blood in your spit, it could mean the infection has taken effect. It is crucial to reach out to your local Burlington, Ontario, dentist as soon as possible. If the infection reaches the inner chamber of a tooth, endodontic therapy (commonly referred to as a root canal) will be necessary to save the tooth from either requiring extraction or falling out.
Dr. Sam Gupta and the team at Mount Royal Dental welcome you to their office for a safe, effective dental experience. Extraction should always be the last course of action and can usually be avoided with a root canal. Let us look at what a root canal is, how it is performed, and how it can save your tooth.
A root canal is a dental procedure performed by a dentist to save an infected tooth, specifically when the infection has reached the inner pulp and nerves. The inflamed, infected interior of the tooth will be removed, and the tooth’s root and canals will be completely disinfected and cleaned. The tooth is then sealed, and a crown is placed over it to protect it. This protection is necessary as the tooth will now be severely weakened by having the inner structures removed.
Here are some signs you may need a root canal:
If you do not get a root canal when needed, your tooth will continue to decay. It will be painful, and you will eventually either lose your tooth or need it extracted. Untreated infection can also spread to your gums, jaw, and beyond as the bacteria enter the bloodstream. A root canal will prevent all of this unpleasantness by removing the infection and fortifying what remains of your natural tooth.