Root Canals

General Dentistry

Root Canals 


A root canal treatment is used to repair and save a tooth that has been badly decayed or has become infected. During the root canal procedure, the tooth’s nerve and pulp are removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. If you do not get this treated the tissue surrounding the tooth will become infected and abscesses may form. 

Why Does Tooth Pulp Need to be Removed?

When a tooth’s nerve tissue or pulp is damaged, it will break down and bacteria will begin to multiply within the pulp chamber. The bacteria and other decayed debris can cause an infection or an abscessed tooth. An abscess is a pus-filled pocket that forms at the end of the roots of the tooth. This occurs when the infection spreads all the way past the ends of the roots of the tooth. 
In addition to an abscess, an infection in the root canal of a tooth can cause: 
  • Swelling in other areas of the face, neck, or head
  • Bone loss around the tip of the root 
  • Drainage problems extending outward from the root. A hole can occur through the side of the tooth with drainage into the gums or through the cheek with drainage into the skin. 

What Can Even Damage the Tooth’s Nerve & Pulp?

Tooth pulp can easily become infected, irritated, or inflamed due to deep decay, repeated dental procedures, large fillings, a crack or chip in the tooth and even facial trauma. 

Signs You Need A Root Canal: 

  • You have a moderate to severe lingering tooth pain when drinking hot/cold liquids or eating hot/cold foods.
  • You have pain chewing or biting on a tooth, there may also be slight swelling and the tooth may be sensitive to touch. 
  • You suffer from tooth pain that wakes you up at night and you feel the need to take ibuprofen. 
  • You have a bubble on your gum that looks like a pimple and when presses may bleed or release pus. 
  • You have pain that starts in one tooth and then radiates to other areas of your jaw or head. 

If you have any of the above symptoms you may need a root canal. Call the doctors at Novel Dental today to be evaluated. 

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