A root canal is a restorative dental procedure for saving a damaged tooth. Some of the signs you may need a root canal include constant pain or pressure in the mouth and a severe toothache. A dentist can determine if a root canal is needed. At Advanced Dental Care, Dr. Arkady Naiman is your Foxborough dentist for performing root canals.
What is Root Canal Therapy?
Root canal therapy refers to the procedure for performing a root canal and is a method for saving a damaged tooth so it does not need to be extracted. When a tooth is damaged, due to infection or injury, it can become too weak and sensitive to perform normal biting and chewing functions without experiencing pain or discomfort. Dr. Naiman can determine if a damaged tooth can be saved with root canal therapy. Some of the signs and symptoms you may need root canal therapy include:
- A severe or persistent toothache
- Constant mouth pain and pressure
- Sharp pain when biting into food
- Sensitivity to cold or hot foods and beverages
Inside the center of a tooth and its root is a soft material called pulp. When pulp becomes infected, the infection can spread down through the tooth root and cause an abscess to form below the tooth. Once an abscess forms, the infection can more easily spread to other areas of the mouth. During root canal therapy, infected pulp is removed, the area is cleaned, then the tooth is filled and sealed. The tooth is then protected with a dental crown.
Benefits of Root Canal Therapy
There are several benefits to undergoing root canal therapy. A primary benefit is that the natural tooth is saved and extraction is avoided. In addition to preserving the natural tooth, it is also restored and made stronger so normal biting and chewing functions can resume without pain or discomfort. Another benefit of root canal therapy is that it stops infection from spreading to other areas of the mouth. Finally, root canal therapy resolves tooth pain and sensitivity.
You may need a root canal if you are experiencing a toothache, mouth pain, sensitivity, or sharp pain when eating. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Naiman, call Advanced Dental Care in Plainville, MA and serving Plainville, Foxborough, and North Attleborough at (508) 869-4070.