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Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy becomes necessary when the pulp of a tooth has been damaged by infection or decay. The main goal of a root canal is to save the natural tooth. This is done by removing the damaged pulp as well as any bacteria or decay lingering in the roots of the teeth. Once the inside of the tooth has been cleaned, it will be filled with special dental materials and sealed. These materials will help restore the tooth to its full function.

While many patients believe that removing a tooth removed is a cheaper and simpler solution than root canal therapy, this is not the case. Having the tooth removed will cause your other teeth to begin to shift in the mouth creating the need for expensive restorations in the future. It’s always preferable to retain your natural teeth.

Signs & Symptoms for Possible Root Canal Therapy

Below are a few of the common signs that may point to the need for root canal therapy:

  • Tooth sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
  • Severe toothache pain
  • Swelling or inflammation of the surrounding gum tissue
  • Tenderness of the tooth or the surrounding gum tissue
  • A visible abscess on the gums

If you’re experiencing the above symptoms or would like to learn more about root canal therapy, please contact Syrpes & Pangborn.