Root Canal Therapy is an elective procedure performed in an effort to repair, save and preserve the natural dentition which may have been irreversibly damaged due to trauma or injury, decay or medical/systemic complications. The goal of the treatment is to curb and prevent wide-spread infections. During the course of the root canal treatment, the damaged nerve or pulp is removed, the inside of the tooth disinfected and cleaned, and then re-sealed. If left untreated, an affected tooth with a damaged nerve tissue can cause significant harm to a patient’s natural dentition.
Some of the commonly associated symptoms that indicate the need for root canal treatment include:
- Wide-spread pain and discomfort
- Formation of persistent and recurring, pus-filled pocket or abscess on the surface of the gums
- Prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold
- Tenderness to touch and tooth movements during chewing, biting and grinding
- Discoloration of the affected tooth
- Swelling and tenderness in the nearby gum tissues and bone