Root Canals & Abscessed Teeth
November 03, 2017
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Did you know that tooth decay might permanently damage your teeth? In order to prevent teeth from dying or to heal a broken tooth, dentists will often perform root canal therapy.

During root canal therapy, your dentist removes any decayed pulp from the center of the infected tooth. Once done, they fill in the empty space with an inert filling. Most often, a crown is required to protect the tooth after a root canal is done.

What are Abscessed Teeth?

Abscessed teeth occur when decay gets to the nerve. If left without proper care for too long, the tooth and the jawbone encasing it deteriorate, making it possible for your tooth to hurt and swell. The goal is to detect decay before it reaches the nerve, so that a root canal can be avoided.

Signs of abscessed teeth:

  • Pain in your gums
  • Gum swelling
  • Redness
  • Bad taste in your mouth
  • Fever

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