Root Canal Therapy
Drs. McCallum or Lovell may recommend root canal therapy for patients who have developed an inner soft-tissue infection. At the center of your tooth is the pulp, which is a collection of nerve tissue, blood vessels and other cells that help maintain the health of the surrounding tooth. Infection of the pulp can be caused by trauma, deep decay, or cracks. Symptoms of the infection can be identified as visible injury of the tooth, swelling of the gums, sensitivity to temperature or pressure, which leads to a toothache or constant pain in the tooth and gums.
Since this type of infection cannot clear up on its own, a root canal might be necessary to save the tooth, allowing it to maintain continued function. Drs. McCallum/Lovell will evaluate your oral health and in order to help prevent infections from worsening, root canals may be recommended.