A root canal is a dental procedure that is used to remove disease from the interior of a tooth. The narrow channels beneath the pulp chamber in the inner part of the tooth are hollowed out and cleaned and the roots are filled with flexible nickel titanium files.
Root canal signs:
Certain signs may indicate that you have a diseased tooth or infected nerve and therefore may need a root canal. These signs include:
- Minimal to severe pain
- Tooth discoloration - Swelling and irritation in the surrounding gum tissue.
- Signs of infection visible on a radiograph. We typically recommend a root canal in such situations to serve the affected tooth and preserve its functionality.