What is a root canal?

Root canal treatment, commonly known simply as a root canal, is a treatment that we may recommend if a tooth is seriously infected, injured, or decayed. When decay or damage reaches past the outer layers of the tooth and into the sensitive inner portions, the dental pulp and tooth nerves, the tooth can become severely infected. This typically leads to intense tooth pain, especially when biting down and chewing, and extreme tooth sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures. To alleviate these symptoms and restore the tooth to good health, our knowledgeable dentists may recommend root canal treatment. During this treatment, we gently remove the infected and damaged tissues from the tooth, carefully clean the tooth, and fill the tooth with a medicated substance. Finally, to ensure the tooth is returned to its original shape and size, we often cap the tooth with a custom dental crown.

Do I need a root canal?

If your tooth is affected by serious infection or decay, you may benefit from a root canal in Norristown, Pennsylvania. Our dentist, along with our entire team at Joy Dental, will ensure that the root canal treatment is as pain-free and comfortable as possible. To learn more about how root canal treatment can improve your oral health, we invite you to call or visit us today.