Root Canal Therapy

What is a Root Canal

A root canal is a common procedure performed in order to save a tooth from extraction. The bacteria, decay, living tissue (pulp) and nerves are removed causing a cavity. The cavity is then filled with a special filling and a tooth colored crown is placed on top. This restores the tooth and it looks nearly identical to the neighboring teeth. When performed thoroughly and kept well maintained, a root canal can last a lifetime. This procedure is preferred over extraction by most because it is less costly and gives the functionality of a natural tooth.

Once a root canal is performed, your tooth may be sensitive but as the inflammation subsides so will the sensitivity. Dr. Baldwin and his staff will give you instructions for caring for the treated area, and regular dentist visits will help the life of your root canal treatment.

Signs and symptoms for possible root canal therapy:

  • Sensitivity to hot and cold
  • Severe toothache pain
  • Swelling and/or tenderness
  • An abscess on the gums

Reasons for root canal therapy:

  • The tooth has been injured or received trauma
  • The decay has reached the tooth pulp
  • Abscess or infection are found inside the tooth or the tip of the root