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Root Canal Treatment

What is Root Canal Therapy? What is the Cause of Root Canals?

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Tooth pain can indicate a number of dental problems, including cavities and gum disease. Cavities can be repaired with tooth fillings, but if an infection reaches the nerve of a tooth, a root canal treatment may be necessary to save the tooth.

Root canal therapy saves a tooth that is dead, damaged, or infected. The pulp inside of your tooth is made up of nerves and blood vessels. These nerves and blood vessels can become damaged for a number of reasons:

  • Decay: bacteria that cause tooth decay infects the pulp, causing decay.

  • Trauma: a traumatic injury causes inflammation of the pulp inside the tooth.

  • Deep fillings: dental fillings placed too close to the pulp chamber can damage the tooth.

  • Unexplained: sometimes the pulp can become inflamed and die for not immediately obvious reasons.

A root canal therapy removes the infection and stops the tooth pain you are experiencing. If a tooth that needs a root canal is left, it can lead to more serious issues like tooth loss, abscesses, or systemic infection of your body. 

Signs You May Need Root Canal Therapy

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You may be experiencing some pain in one or more of your teeth, but does it need a root canal? Doctor Luffey will examine the tooth during a dental checkup to be certain, but here are a few signs you may need a root canal:

  • Moderate to severe tooth pain.

  • A toothache so intense it wakes you up at night.

  • Pain while chewing.

  • Swelling on your gum that may release blood or pus.

  • Pain that starts in the tooth and spreads to the jaw or head.

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