A severe toothache can be a sign that you may have an abscess, a potentially dangerous infection around the root of the tooth. The soft inner tissue (the pulp) of each tooth is vulnerable to infection. If the pulp is exposed due to injury to the tooth or by decay, bacteria can enter the inside of the tooth and cause an infection. We use root canal treatment to save damaged and infected teeth from being lost.
How does root canal treatment work?
The basic root canal procedure is to drill a small hole in the tooth, remove the pulp and disinfect the area, and seal the tooth with a filling. After treatment we usually restore the tooth with a dental crown.
Aren’t root canals painful?
We perform root canals under local anesthesia, so the procedure itself is similar to having a tooth filled. The treatment area may be sensitive to pressure, heat, and cold for a few days after your treatment.
If you have a severe toothache, or if you’ve injured a tooth, book an appointment for a dental examination with us.