What is a Root Canal?
A “root canal” is a term used to describe the natural cavity in the center of a tooth. This specific area contains a soft area known as the pulp chamber which is where all the nerves for the tooth are housed. If this area becomes irritated or infected due to cavities, trauma or decay, root canal therapy would be necessary. If this is left untreated, the infection can cause an abscess, which can lead to swelling of the face and neck, bone loss around the roots of teeth, and can affect your general overall health.
Symptoms of a Root Canal Issue:
- Severe tooth pain and sensitivity to hot or cold that lingers
- Swollen, tender gums
- Tooth becomes discolored
- A small, pimple like bump on the gums
Root Canal Therapy Procedure:
During your appointment, you and Dr. Kane will discuss the details of the procedure and he will answer any question you may have. The area around the infected tooth is numbed, isolated and kept sterilized from bacteria. Dr. Kane will access the canal to remove the infected tissue. Once everything is cleaned out a rubber filling material is put in for replacement. The tooth is then built back up and will be prepared for a crown.
Don’t continue to live in discomfort or let your fears get the best of you! Call Kane Family Dentistry today, and receive relief in a comfortable, relaxing, pain-free environment!!
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