Root Canals An Overview
It is estimated that 17 million teeth are restored and saved each year thanks to root canal therapy. This dental procedure is recommended in situations where cracked, chipped, or untreated teeth are experiencing deep decay or nerve damage – leading to pulp chamber inflammation and infection. Root canals have a very high success rate for saving and preserving the functionality of natural teeth, often eliminating the need for tooth extraction.
Root canal treatment has the reputation of being a dreaded procedure; however, under the care of any experienced dentist like Dr. Mahnke, patients have nothing to fear. Bay City, MI general dentist Dr. Mahnke performs root canal therapy with cutting edge technology, helping patients feel more comfortable and relaxed during their root canal procedure.
What is a Root Canal?
The term root canal actually refers to the area inside of the tooth that contains the tooth pulp including nerves and other sensitive tissue. Most patients, however, use the term root canal as a general reference to a root canal procedure where the tooth is treated for disease or decay.
Root Canal Symptoms
Some patients do not experience any symptoms that would indicate the need for a root canal procedure. Other patients, however, may experience painful symptoms including:
- Severe toothache or tooth pain, particularly when chewing or biting
- Prolonged tooth sensitivity, especially to hot or cold foods and drinks
- Discoloration of the tooth (darkening)
- Soreness or tenderness to the gums surrounding the affected tooth