When bacteria make its way through a deeply decayed tooth and into the nerve, a root canal will be needed to save the tooth. When the nerve of a tooth becomes infected, you may be sensitive to chewing, hot and cold temperatures. Pressure and swelling can be common as well.
A root canal is completed in 1 or 2 visits, depending on the severity of the infection. We use local anesthetic to help make the root canal experience very comfortable. Once the area is numb, the infected tooth is cleaned, shaped and medicated to reduce the infection and swelling. We then finish the procedure by sealing and filling the tooth root to protect it from further infection. A crown or “cap” is often done after a root canal to help prevent the tooth from breaking down or cracking. Root canals have a very high success rate.