This procedure is done when the core of the tooth, the pulp, becomes infected or inflamed.
The most common symptoms of infected pulp include toothache, and swelling and a severe sensitivity to heat and/or cold. The surrounding area may also be sensitive to both hot and cold temperatures.
Severe toothache can make eating or speaking a painful ordeal, not to mention lead to abscesses, so it’s important to check with your dentist if you have these symptoms.
By performing a root canal, your dentist can relieve these symptoms and repair infection. In some cases, the procedure can save your tooth from needing to be extracted.