canal treatment may be the only way to save your
tooth if your tooth's canal chamber becomes infected.
The root canals of teeth have many blood vessels, lymph vessels and nerves. Deep tooth decay, an
injury, or a large filling may cause serious damage and
infection to the pulp's nerves and vessels. Root
canal, or endodontic treatment cleans out the infected
pulp chamber and repairs the damage.
some symptoms that indicate you may need a root canal?
Spontaneous pain or throbbing while biting
Sensitivity to hot and cold foods
Severe decay or an injury that creates an abscess
(infection) in the bone
often get a bad reputation for being very painful;
however, there is an explanation behind this. If a
tooth is very badly infected, a 'hot' tooth, it can be
difficult to anesthetize because the anesthetic works at
a specific pH. When there is an infection, the pH
of the tissue an dthe tooth may be modified and not
allow the tooth to become numb. Sometimes we will
prescribe antibiotics before a root canal to calm the
infection and balance the pH of the tooth, so that the
anesthetic can work.
canal procedure takes a little longer than a filling,
but the concept is generally the same. The tooth
is opened through the crown, the length of the root
canal is determined and the unhealthy nerve is removed.
The canals are cleaned and shaped with a filing system,
then filled and sealed, and a temporary filling is
placed in the tooth. After a root canal treatment,
the tooth is weaker than a healthy and vital tooth.
This is why it is so important to return to have a
permanent filling or a crown placed for further