Root canal therapy is a restorative dental treatment that can restore the health and function of an infected tooth. If tooth decay reaches deep inside the tooth, or if the tooth is fractured or chipped, the dental pulp and tooth nerve may become infected.
In the past, an infected tooth often required extraction. Thanks to advances in dental techniques and technology, we can now save infected teeth through endodontic treatments like root canal therapy.
During root canal therapy, removal of the infected dental pulp and tooth nerve is achieved. In order to effectively seal and restore the structure of the tooth, Dr. Reyering may recommend a dental crown. Root canal therapy can improve the health and function of the infected tooth.
If you notice the following signs and symptoms, you may suffer from an infected tooth:
- A darkening of the tooth
- A recurring or persistent pimple on the nearby gums
- Extreme tooth pain when biting and chewing
- Increased tooth sensitivity
- Swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums