Severe tooth pain can be a sign of infection or damage to the interior of the tooth. When decay, infection or trauma affect the pulp or nerve center in a tooth, it is almost always painful and can lead to serious harm to the tooth. If not treated with general dentistry, an abscessed or infected tooth may need to be extracted to protect your health. Root canal therapy at Rolling Hills Dentistry can stop the pain and infection while protecting your tooth from extraction.
Root canal therapy refers to removing the pulp and nerves from the canals of the tooth. This involves removing the cusp or top of the tooth to reach the canal and extracting the diseased material inside. This process was once tedious and difficult, often requiring several dental appointments and a painful experience for the patient. Advancements in the technology used in root canals have made this much easier and less painful for the patient; most root canals are completed in one appointment with very little discomfort.