When the nerve of your tooth becomes infected or decayed, it may be necessary to perform a root canal in order to restore the tooth. When the nerve of your tooth is compromised, your tooth may become very sensitive to pressure and temperature. It is normal to feel intense pain at this stage. While no symptoms may be present initially, if the decay or infection is left untreated, an abscess will form.
When confronting extreme decay or infection, patients generally have two options: either pull the affected tooth (through a process called extraction) or save the tooth by performing a root canal. When extracting a compromised tooth, the process often affects adjacent teeth, resulting in costly and significant dental problems. In the end, tooth extraction may produce more problems than it solves. Receiving a root canal is, in most cases, your best option as it will restore function and beauty to the tooth and does not cause any problems with nearby teeth.
Dr. Bigelow may recommend a root canal for many reasons, including:
- The tooth has been traumatized or injured
- The living tissue inside of the tooth has been compromised by decay
- An abscess or infection has developed at the root tip or inside the tooth
After your root canal, your newly restored tooth will be able to function normally once again. Please call Smiles by Bigelow today to learn how you can achieve a healthy smile with root canal therapy.