Root canals become necessary when the nerve or pulp of the tooth is either damaged or infected. When this occurs, the nerve or pulp of the tooth become susceptible to multiplying bacteria, which can cause a worse infection or abscess. Some warning signs experienced when a root canal is needed include: tooth pain, sensitivity to hot or cold, swollen or tender surrounding gums, darkening of the tooth, and/or a persistent pimple on the gums.
The root canal procedure is not as painful or complicated as the preconceived notions assume. The procedure follows this order:
- A hole is drilled into the infected tooth
- The damaged part of the nerve or pulp is removed
- The nerve chamber is cleaned and disinfected
- The chambers inside the tooth are reconstructed
- The tooth is filled with an elastic material to fill the chambers and prevent infection
- A crown may be placed to permanently cap the tooth
Following the procedure, your Westcliffe dentist will provide aftercare instructions that will provide direction on how to care for your tooth.
If you are experiencing pain or other problems with your tooth and think a root canal may be the solution, make an appointment today.