When is a root canal necessary?
A root canal is necessary to treat an infected tooth. There are a number of signs that might indicate you need a root canal:
- A toothache that goes from bad to excruciating.
- A tooth that is dark in color.
- Gums that are tender or swollen around one specific tooth.
It is also possible to have a fever from the infection and a general feeling of malaise.
The good news is that the fear many people feel when they find out they need a root canal is unnecessary. With today’s modern dentistry, getting a root canal is really no worse than getting a cavity filled.
When you undergo the root canal procedure, your dentist will drill a tiny hole in your tooth. Using special dental tools, the pulp and bacteria in the root of the tooth will be removed. The area will be flushed with an antibacterial solution to keep the infection from spreading before the root is filled and plugged. In most cases, a dental crown is placed on the remaining tooth structure to strengthen it and prevent breakage.
For more information on root canals in Woodinville, WA, contact Woodin Creek Dental. A root canal will relieve your symptoms and give you back full function of your tooth.