Getting to the Root of the Problem!

November 07, 2014 | Posted in Dental Health Tips | Be the first one to comment

Getting to the Root of Root Canals

The words "root canal" tend to strike fear into even the bravest hearts, but in fact with today's modern technologies and anesthetics, a root canal can now be performed with minimal discomfort.
What exactly is a root canal, and how do you know if you need one?
First of all, it is important to know that the pulp inside your tooth contains nerves and blood vessels. If the pulp becomes infected or damaged because of deep decay or an injury, a root canal will need to be performed. This process involves the removal of the pulp and then the subsequent sealing of the pulp chamber. The final touch is usually a crown on the tooth to protect it and restore it to full function.
Symptoms of a tooth in need of a root canal may include:

  • Constant throbbing of a single tooth.
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold.
  • Pain when chewing.
  • A tooth that is severely broken or fractured.
  • A loose tooth.
  • Pus between the teeth and gums.
The only way to know if you are in need of a root canal is to come in and let us have a look at your tooth. Our job is to make you as comfortable as possible and do everything we can to save your tooth, even if that means getting down to the "root" of the problem!  Our office in Waterloo offers sedation if you are really nervous.  Please call us to find out more details!

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