A root canal is the section of the tooth that is below the surface of the gum. It provides the tooth with the nutrients required to stay healthy. Sometimes, these canals can become infected and start to become enflamed. The natural cycle of your tooth is thrown off balance and could result in the loss of the tooth. To prevent this, a root canal treatment is performed.
Signs You Need a Root Canal
Sometimes there will be visual cues that the roots of a tooth are in danger such as fractures, chips or cracks, but sometimes there are no outward signs of what is happening in the roots of the tooth. Some red flags could indicate an issue such as: swelling in the surrounding area, discoloration of the tooth, sensitivity to hot and cold that becomes more prolonged, pain, tenderness to touch and also swelling/tenderness of the lymph nodes.
Root Canal Procedure
A root canal treatment, also known as endodontics, will aim to stop the infection or issues that are affecting the roots. This is done by removing the pulp in the roots of the tooth, cleaning the area, and filling it. This can stop the process of the tooth dying, and when paired with a natural-looking crown, many people will not notice the difference.
Early detection of a root canal issue is crucial to enable us to save the tooth. If you are experiencing any symptoms mentioned above, call our West Hills, CA dental office to set up an appointment so we can help identify what the issue is and help treat it.