Root canal therapy can help save a tooth that has a dead or dying nerve due to an infection. Infection can be caused by a deep cavity allowing bacteria into the middle of the tooth or can sometimes be caused by trauma. Root canal therapy can help save a tooth rather than having to extract it.
Our experienced dentists will meticulously clean the remnants of the dead nerve and bacteria over a few appointments. The initial appointment will involve shaping of the root canal system. This allows the canals to be adequately sealed to prevent reinfection. Often following root canal therapy, a crown is required to help protect the tooth from fracturing.
Symptoms of an infected nerve:
- Significant spontaneous pain that does not subside
- Pain or sensitivity with hot/cold foods or liquids
- Pain upon biting or chewing
- Gum swelling adjacent to the tooth or near the root of the tooth
- Facial swelling
- Pus around the infected tooth
- Loosening of the tooth or a feeling that the tooth is “high” in the bite
If you require more information on how root canal therapy can help you, or need to make an appointment, contact our team who will be happy to assist.