Let’s face it. No one wants a root canal. We will only be recommending a root canal when absolutely necessary and we are going to make sure that it doesn’t hurt at all. In our office, if anything hurts, we stop. With recent advancements in dentistry, there is no reason why dental work should hurt.
Every tooth has a nerve that lives inside of the root. Sometimes, that nerve can die and become infected. If we don’t do anything about the dead nerve, you can experience a lot of pain and sometimes get very swollen. In this case, the only way to save the tooth is by removing the dead nerve. This is called a root canal. Once the nerve has been removed, the inside of the tooth is cleaned to remove any remaining infection and the root is filled in to prevent the tooth from becoming infected again. One of the signs that you might need a root canal is if your tooth has gone from hurting occasionally to suddenly throbbing all of the time. If you think that you might need a root canal, please call our office right away to have your tooth evaluated.