Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy, also known as endodontics, refers to a set of procedures designed to treat infections of the soft pulp (nerve) tissue inside the tooth. 

 

When there is infection or inflammation of the pulp tissue, it will be extremely painful. Symptoms may include:

 

  • Persistent tooth pain

  • Sensitivity to hot or cold foods for a period of time

  • Tooth mobility 

  • Tooth discoloration

  • Swollen gums

  • Dental abscess

 

Root canal therapy includes deep cleaning and disinfection of the dead or dying pulp tissue. Dr. Fitz will then fill your tooth with a biocompatible material and seal the opening to prevent future infection.

 

If you experience any tooth discomfort at all, it’s important to visit your dentist in Petworth to check it out and be able to provide a solution to your aches and pains. If Dr. Fitz thinks you need root canal therapy, she will walk you through the steps to ensure you have the most comfortable experience possible. If left untreated, infected tooth pulp can lead to requiring a tooth extraction or the bacteria may spread to other parts of your mouth and body, so it’s important to make an appointment as soon as possible.