When a tooth root is infected or decayed, our Kelowna dentists will perform root canal therapy to repair and attempt to save the tooth.
What is a Root Canal?
A root canal is a procedure where your dentist removes a damaged or infected tooth root. Without a root canal, a damaged tooth will often die and need to be pulled by a dentist. A root canal can help to save the tooth, restore its function and avoid future issues for the surrounding teeth.
The Root Canal Procedure
During a root canal, your dentist will remove the damaged pulp tissue (the nerve and blood supply of the tooth) as well as any infection or bacteria.
Next, they will thoroughly clean the resulting space and then fill it with medicated dental materials.
To complete the procedure, your dentist will fill in the space with a dental filling, or cover it with a dental crown to help restore the tooth's function.
Signs & Symptoms
You may need a root canal if you experience any of the following issues:
- An abscess (or pimple) on the gums
- Sensitivity to hot and cold
- Severe toothache pain
- Swelling and/or tenderness