Root canal therapy is a restorative dental treatment that can restore the health and function of an infected tooth. If a tooth is cracked or chipped, or if tooth decay penetrates deep inside the tooth, it may result in an infection in the dental pulp and tooth nerve. An infected tooth can cause several painful symptoms, including:
- Increased tooth sensitivity
- A persistent or recurring pimple on the gums
- Darkening and discoloration in the tooth
- Extreme tooth pain, especially when biting and chewing
- Tenderness and swelling in the surrounding gums
Root canal therapy can benefit the tooth by restoring its health, avoiding the need for tooth extraction (removal), and preventing the infection from spreading to other areas of the mouth. To improve the health of the tooth, our talented dentists will first remove the infected dental pulp and tooth nerve. Dr. Jelinek and Dr. Silva will then fill in and seal the tooth; a dental crown may be needed to restore the function and structure of the tooth. In Shakopee, Minnesota, root canal therapy typically requires only two visits to our dental office. We invite you to contact us today to learn more about how root canal therapy can improve your oral health!