What is a root canal?

Root canal therapy treats a tooth with an infected or inflamed tooth pulp. The pulp may require a root canal as a consequence to a cracked or chipped tooth, a deep cavity, or serious injury. With root canal therapy, the damaged pulp is completely removed. Then, the empty space in the tooth canal is filled with a permanent material and a dental crown is placed over the tooth to seal it. As a result, a wide range of oral health complications is prevented, including tooth loss.

What are the signs that you may need a root canal?

If you ever suspect that your oral health is in jeopardy, it’s always a good idea to contact your dentist. However, some specific signs that your smile may require a root canal include:

  • Gum swelling
  • Prolonged tooth sensitivity
  • Severe tooth pain
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Tooth abscess

Root canals may not have the best reputation. However, it is imperative that if you do require one that you seek treatment. Contrary to popular belief, root canal therapy is safe, practically pain-free, and a routine procedure that can save your smile.

If you experience any of the above symptoms, the sooner you are treated the better. For more information about root canals or to schedule an appointment with Dental Partners of Vero Beach, contact our experienced dental team today. We look forward to seeing your smile!

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