A root canal is an endodontic therapy used to save a tooth that has partially decayed or becomes infected. A root canal procedure is a process of removing the nerve and pulp from the inside of the tooth. Not to be alarmed, though, pulp is critical to the development of a tooth, but once the tooth is fully formed, the tooth can survive without the pulp because it is nourished by surrounding tissues. Once the nerve and pulp are removed during a root canal procedure, the tooth is cleaned and then sealed. 

Root canal therapy can help remove bacteria from the tooth’s root canal and prevent loss of the natural tooth. Undergoing a root canal procedure can help restore function, save your tooth, and reduce pain significantly. 

Symptoms that may indicate root canal therapy is appropriate: 

  • Severe pain with chewing
  • Sores on the gums
  • A chipped or cracked tooth
  • Lingering sensitivity to hot or cold
  • Swollen or tender gums
  • Darkening of the gums or tooth

If you have any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment with your dentist to plan the best course of treatment and make your teeth healthy again. 

At United Dental USA in Philadelphia, we offer root canal therapy to patients who would benefit from it. We perform the procedure under anesthesia to help keep you comfortable. Contact us to schedule your evaluation today.