What is a Tooth Infection or Abscess?

Dental pulp is that soft area in the middle of a tooth. The connective tissues, veins, and nerves are located here. If the dental pulp becomes infected or damaged, a root canal is often the best or only treatment option to address the issue.

What is a Root Canal?

Root canal therapy, otherwise known as endodontics, is the process by which our dentist removes the infected dental pulp, cleans the tooth thoroughly, and the seals the tooth. If you experience any of the following symptoms, root canal therapy may be necessary:

  • Severe toothache
  • Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
  • Darkening of a tooth
  • Swelling or pain in the gums
  • A pimple on the gums that will not go away

Our dentist will take X-rays of the root canals to examine their shape and to check for signs of infection in the surrounding bone. An access hole will then be made in the tooth, through which the pulp, bacteria, and debris is removed. Our dentist will use root canal files to clean out your tooth all the way down the roots. Once the tooth is thoroughly cleaned, our dentist will seal it with a sealer paste and a rubber compound. Then the access hole is closed with a dental filling.

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