Root Canal Therapy is a procedure to remove infected or inflamed pulp.
Root canal therapy is indicated when there is an infection deep within the tooth or when there is irreversible pulpitis (inflammation of the pulp) because of an injury or because of a severe, untreated cavity. Without treatment, the infection can cause pain or even an abscess.
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Pain-Free Root Canal Treatment?
Root canal treatment has a reputation for being a painful treatment. In reality, root canal treatment can often be completed with minimal discomfort. Since patients are given anesthesia, a root canal is no more painful than getting a routine filling. However, a tooth that has a root canal is generally a bit sore or numb after the procedure and may last for a few days.
Common signs and symptoms which might require a root canal:
- Pain while chewing or applying pressure to a tooth.
- Prolonged sensitivity or pain to hot or cold temperatures after the cause of temperature change has been removed.
- Discoloration or darkening of the tooth.
- Swelling or tenderness in gums surrounding the tooth.