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When a tooth becomes infected, the inside nerve must be taken out in order to preserve the tooth. The treatment is called root canal therapy because inside the root are small canals that house the pulp (nerve). The pulp must be removed or the surrounding tissue will also become infected and you might lose the tooth entirely.

After removing the pulp, your Calm Dental doctor will seal the tooth and cover it with a crown, in order to protect and strengthen it. This procedure is completed in normally one or two visits by either your general dentist or your endodontist, a root canal specialist. For those who are extremely anxious about root canal therapy, we offer our Comfort Protocol which includes anti-anxiety and anti-inflammatory medication, sleep (sedation) dentistry and nitrous oxide.

The most common symptoms that may occur are:

  • Throbbing toothache or other facial pain
  • Change of tooth color (darker)
  • Lingering sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
  • Noticeable facial swelling
  • Gum soreness or tenderness
  • Bad taste in mouth
  • Abscess-leaking of fluid
  • Sensitivity to touch or pressure, as when biting

If you have any of the above symptoms, and would like to schedule an exam and consultation, contact our office and our team of experts will be happy to help you.