What is a Root Canal?
Sometimes, the soft tissue inside the tooth, called the pulp, becomes infected or inflamed. This infection or inflammation can be caused by deep decay, a crack or chip in the tooth, or physical trauma. Because the pulp contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissues, having an infected pulp can be very painful. The purpose of a root canal is to remove the diseased pulp and to relieve your toothache and discomfort.
Your dentist will first examine and isolate the tooth. He will administer a local anesthetic so that you can feel comfortable throughout the procedure. He will make a hole in the crown tooth and then use small instruments to clean the pulp out from the tooth. The tooth will be filled with a rubberlike material and then restored with a traditional filling.
What a Root Canal Can Do for You
A damaged pulp can lead to symptoms like:
- Intense pain
- Sensitivity to heat or cold
- Discoloration of the tooth
- Tenderness in the area
These symptoms are uncomfortable and can be distracting from your daily activities. When you trust Dr. Feller with a simple root canal procedure, the function and feeling of your tooth will return to normal. You will no longer have a persistent toothache or prolonged sensitivity to high or low temperatures. Your tooth will appear normally and do all of the things it should be able to do. In addition, a root canal will protect you from further infection or an abscess. When pulp inflammation is left untreated, more serious issues can occur.
If you are suffering from a toothache or any of the other symptoms mentioned above, give us a call. Let us set up an appointment with Dr. Feller for you so that you can start living a more comfortable and healthy life.