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Why Do You Need a Root Canal?

Root canals are necessary when the pulp layer of a tooth becomes infected. Infection can lead to the loss of a tooth so it is necessary to remove the infection with root canal therapy. The procedure is generally comfortable and saves the natural tooth, prevents the spread of infection, and returns the smile to complete health.Benefits of Root Canals Include:

  • Saves the tooth
  • Prevents the need for tooth extraction
  • Prevents the spread of infection
  • Treats the discomfort associated with an infected tooth root

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If you have tooth decay that is left untreated, it could necessitate the need for a root canal.
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Frequently Asked Questions

How did my tooth become infected?

There are two common causes of infection: tooth decay and fractured or broken teeth. Both problems expose the pulp area to bacteria that live in the saliva. These bacteria can cause an infection that can kill the pulp in the tooth’s root and a root canal is necessary for effective treatment.

Do I really need treatment?

Without treatment from a doctor for root canals, pus from the infected tooth can spread to the tip of the tooth root and eventually pass to the jaw bone. This can cause an abscess, or a pus pocket, that can damage the bone that surrounds the tooth. The pressure this causes can result in excruciating pain and, if left untreated, can be life threatening. An infected tooth or one that is suffering from tooth decay cannot heal on its own and will only get worse without a root canal.


What are the symptoms?

Symptoms that indicate you need a root canal tend to vary from patient to patient. Infected teeth may be sensitive to hot, cold or bite pressure, the area may be swollen or painful, or there may be a bad taste in the mouth. Occasionally, there will be no symptoms at all.

The Procedure

Before the root canal procedure begins, the area is completely numbed using a local anesthetic. Once the area is numbed, a rubber dam is placed around the infected tooth to protect the mouth and to prevent anything from falling into the back of the throat.

In order to access the infected tooth pulp, your doctor makes an opening through the top of the tooth to get down into the pulp chamber. A tiny instrument, called a dental file, is then carefully used to clean out the infected tissue and to shape the root canals to receive the filling material. X-rays will be taken to ensure that all of the infected pulp is removed before the filling is placed and to confirm that the filling material reaches the ends of the canals in each root.

After the infected pulp is removed, the restoration is placed. In most cases, a crown is placed to protect and strengthen the tooth. However, if the tooth is severely broken down, it may be necessary to start by building up the tooth with a post and core.