Most people cringe at the idea of having a ‘root canal’, but in all reality they are much less scary than most people think. People often say that getting a root canal is a lot like getting a filling. The procedure itself involves removing the nerve within the tooth, then filling the space with a special filling material. After the root canal therapy is completed, there are often other restorative procedures needed to get the tooth back to perfect health and function.
A root canal treatment is generally needed when the nerve of the tooth becomes injured and begins to cause pain or infection. Signs that suggest you may need a root canal may be swelling, lingering pain to temperature changes, or a dull throbbing ache associated with the tooth. When it is determined that root canal therapy is needed, it is extremely important that we act fast to prevent severe pain or infection that could lead to loss of the tooth.