A “root canal” refers to the hollow space that is in the center of the tooth.
A root canal procedure removes the nerve (which may be dead if it is infected) and the pulp of the tooth. Once the area is cleaned and properly prepared, the tooth is protected with a crown that will save the tooth to avoid complete removal.
How do you know if you need a root canal?
If you have any of the following difficulties:
- Recurring trouble with a tooth
- Severe pain when you chew.
- Your tooth is sensitive to hot or cold, or
- Swelling, tenderness or a bump on the gums near that tooth, you could need a root canal.