Root Canal Therapy

How do I know if I need a Root Canal? Does it Hurt?

A tooth generally needs a root canal when the inner part of the tooth, called the pulp, becomes infected. An infection can occur as a result of an injury to the tooth or because of advanced decay.

Symptoms of an infected tooth vary greatly. You may experience a dull ache, a throbbing pain, or no pain at all. Some people remain unaware of an infected tooth for long periods of time. Only a dentist like Dr. Ramsey can tell if a tooth requires a root canal.

At Dr. Ramsey’s office, we think of root canal therapy as being similar to a routine filling. This type of procedure is not as scary as it’s made out to be! In most cases, a root canal can actually help to extinguish the pain that you have been experiencing in your infected tooth.

What happens during the root canal procedure?

During a root canal procedure, Dr. Ramsey completely removes the infected pulp from inside of the tooth. He thoroughly cleans and disinfects the inner part of the tooth and then fills the resulting hollow space with a rubber-like dental material. Either a filling or a crown is used to finish the tooth and make it beautiful and functional again – and without troublesome infection!

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