Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy might sound scary but don’t worry, it’s a painless procedure that can save badly infected roots and you’re much better off having it done while there’s still time to save your tooth.
An infection in the deep central layer of a tooth can happen as a result of advanced decay or severe damage that’s caused a crack, and occasionally it can be a result of gum disease.
If you have an infection in the dental pulp (the centre of a tooth that’s living connective tissue) you will probably notice pain and an increased sensitivity to hot or cold. If your root or nerves have died then the tooth may become discoloured and the gum may swell and feel sore. Some people notice a metallic taste in the mouth.
Occasionally though there are no symptoms at all and that’s why it’s important to have your teeth looked at if you have any concerns. If left untreated this could result in a painful abscess and in some cases the bone can start to shrink, resulting in tooth loss. Root canal therapy is a safe way of saving teeth that would otherwise need to be extracted.