Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy is needed when the nerve of a tooth is affected by decay or infection. In order to save the tooth, the pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth) and any decay are removed. The resulting space is filled with medicated dental materials that restore the tooth to its full function.

A root canal is the treatment of choice to save a tooth. Many patients believe that removing (extracting) a problematic tooth is the easiest and least expensive solution. However, extracting a tooth will ultimately cost more and may cause problems for adjacent teeth.

Signs and symptoms for possible root canal therapy:

  • An abscess (or pimple) on the gums
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold
  • Severe tooth ache pain
  • Swelling and/or tenderness