Endodontics in Bedford
Root canal treatment is the procedure we use to save damaged teeth and keep them safe from infection. Learn more about why we do root canals and how this often-misunderstood procedure is performed.
Why do I need a root canal?
If a tooth is damaged, cracks or cavities can reach the vulnerable inner tissue of the tooth and expose it to infection. If an infection occurs, it can spread from the tooth to the surrounding tissues and create a serious infection called an abscess. If the abscess isn’t detected and treated, it could lead to serious complications such as tooth loss.
How does root canal treatment work?
To perform a root canal, we drill a small hole in the damaged tooth and remove the soft tissue from the inside. Then we disinfect the tooth to remove any harmful bacteria and keep it safe from future infection, seal the tooth, and restore it with a dental crown or filling.
Aren’t root canals painful?
Root canal treatment is very similar to having a tooth filled. The procedure is done under a local anesthetic, so you won’t feel anything during treatment. You may feel some temporary pain and discomfort after the procedure like having a tooth filled.