Sometimes necessary to be performed by an endodontist, a root canal is necessary when the root of the tooth is dying and causing havoc. The nerve in the tooth is removed.
COMMON ENDODONTIC SYMPTOMS:
- Prolonged dental sensitivity to heat or cold
- Tenderness of teeth to touch and chewing
- Facial or oral swelling
Most patients who have had a root canal describe the procedure as virtually painless. A root canal allows the patient to save the tooth rather than having it extracted. A crown can later be placed over the tooth where the root canal was performed. After the restoration, the tooth continues to function like any other tooth.