Root Canal Therapy
When a cavity reaches the nerve in the middle of a tooth, it can cause a toothache, abscess, or swelling. When this occurs, the tooth can be saved with a root canal. The goal of a root canal is to remove the infected nerve inside the tooth, sterilize the chamber, and seal it back. While this treatment sounds scary, dental technology has progressed to the point that root canal procedures take no longer and are no more complicated than a filling or crown. It is typically best financially to save a tooth with a root canal than replace the tooth later on with a dental implant. If you are having pain or swelling, a root canal may be your best treatment option.