When the pulp inside your tooth becomes infected or inflamed as a result of decay, a root canal becomes necessary. Root canals are often associated as a “cringe-worthy” treatment, however root canals are minimally invasive and highly effective. A root canal is a way to remove an infection and bacteria from inside a tooth. Symptoms that a root canal treatment may be needed include:
- Heightened tooth sensitivity
- Pain in a single tooth
- Swelling/redness of gums
- Darkened tooth
A small access hole will be made in the infected tooth so dental tools can be gently inserted to loosen and remove the infection. During this process, the tooth will occasionally be flushed with medical solution to ensure full removal of bacteria.
Almost all root canals can be performed in our office, but occasionally Dr. Bridges or Dr. Buckner may refer you to an endodontist. Some common complications that require an endodontist referral are a recurring infection in the same tooth, or long/oddly shaped root tips which cannot be reached with standard dental tools.
Once the root canal procedure is complete, the formerly infected tooth will be fitted with a crown to ensure no future infections develop.