At Fort Rouge Dental Group in Winnipeg, our dentists may recommend a root canal to help repair a severely damaged or infected tooth.
A root canal often called root canal therapy, is a treatment that involves the removal of the pulp from the inside of an inflamed, infected or dead tooth to help prevent it from becoming a source of further infection.
Why would I need a root canal?
A root canal may be recommended to restore a tooth with an inner soft-tissue infection. This type of infection cannot clear up on its own and to prevent it from spreading, a root canal may be necessary to save the tooth from extraction.
What are the symptoms?
The most common symptom that may indicate the need for a root canal is tooth pain, according to the American Association of Endodontists. The intensity of the pain can range from mild to severe; it may lessen or intensify throughout the day, or it may get worse only when you bite down on the tooth. Some patients experience prolonged sensitivity to hot food or liquids. Your gums may also feel tender and swollen near the problem area