Symptoms of intense pain, aching, swelling, or sensitivity to hot and cold could be a sign of a tooth infection. Luckily, if caught and treated early enough an infected tooth can be saved with an endodontic (or a root canal) treatment.
If your tooth is infected, it means that the bundle of nerves at the center of your tooth (the pulp) has been overrun with bacteria. During a root canal, a small hole is drilled into the tooth so that the infected pulp can be removed. The inside of the tooth is then cleaned of infection.
Once damaged, diseased or dead pulp is removed, the remaining space is cleaned, shaped and sealed with a rubber-like material. A successful root canal treatment allows you to keep the tooth, rather than having it removed.
Back in the old days, root canals were known to be painful procedures. However, with the use of modern dental technology, this treatment can be made to be nearly pain free. Some discomfort is to be expected, but we do everything we can to make sure that you feel comforted, relaxed, and informed throughout the entire process.
Pain or tooth sensitivity could be an early warning sign of a tooth infection. Give us a call to set up an appointment if you’re feeling these symptoms.