A root canal is performed to treat pain inside of the tooth, they are necessary to preserve your dental health.  This procedure is comfortable and can be important in maintaining the health of your mouth and saving teeth.

An infected tooth is present under the following situations:

  • When there is high tooth sensitivity to temperatures
  • Pain is experienced from biting or pressure
  • Throbbing and severe pain
  • Swollen area around the tooth
  • Discoloration of the tooth

The nerve tissue becomes infected when bacteria has spread beyond the inner layers.  It is a soft tissue that contains numerous blood vessels.  The pulp chamber contained inside is highly sensitive to bacterial infections.

An infection is primarily caused by a deep cavity where the bacteria penetrates the enamel and contacts the pulp.  The pulp may die due to a tooth fracture or physical impact.

To evaluate for potential infections of the tooth nerve, we perform a thorough examination of your teeth.  The procedure will involve exams, x-rays, color checks, and sensitivity tests.

In evaluating an infection, a root canal therapy is performed to eliminate the infection and save the tooth.    Early detection and treatment is important to prevent the infection from traveling through the roots and affecting your overall health.

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