Root canal treatment, also known as endodontics, is a dental procedure that can be is used to save a tooth suffering from a pulp infection. The pulp is the innermost portion of the tooth. An infection in the pulp can occur for several reasons including cavities, decay, trauma or a fracture in the tooth. Left untreated, this kind of infection can spread and cause more serious damage; therefore, it is essential for the infected pulp to be removed through root canal treatment.
Root Canal Infection Symptoms
- A severe toothache
- A pimple on the gums
- Darkening of the tooth
- Sensitivity to cold and hot
- Tender, swollen gums
While many fear that a root canal treatment is painful, in fact, the infection is far more uncomfortable, and this treatment will bring relief. The procedure involves numbing the area and isolating it to keep it dry and prevent the infection from spreading. A hole is made in the top of the tooth to access the pulp chamber. All infected tissues are removed using special instruments, and the space is sealed using a material known as gutta-percha. A temporary filling material or crown will be placed on the tooth to protect it. At your next appointment, the temporary restoration will be removed, and a permanent crown will be placed on the tooth for protection.
If you are experiencing any signs of a root canal infection, call the experts at Premier Dentistry of Philadelphia. Contact us today at (215) 234-7644 to schedule your visit.