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Something is amiss in your mouth. A severe toothache has arisen, and the pain worsens when you bite down. Maybe your tooth is sensitive. A tooth may have darkened, or your gums may be swollen or sore. Maybe you’ve noticed a persistent pimple on the gums. If you have any of these symptoms, root canal therapy may be needed. Sometimes no symptoms are present.

Why is a Root Canal Needed?
If a tooth undergoes trauma, deep decay, or multiple procedures, the tooth’s pulp can become damaged or infected. The pulp is the area in the tooth where the nerves, veins, and connective tissues are located. When the pulp becomes infected, bacteria forms and multiplies in the pulp chamber. An abscess can form on the root of the tooth if this is not treated. In addition, swelling may occur in the face, neck, or head. Infection in the root canal can also cause bone loss in the tooth root. Drainage issues can also occur, which can cause a hole in the tooth.

What is Root Canal Therapy?
During a root canal, Dr. Anthony Shaia will remove the infected dental pulp from the inside of the tooth. The tooth’s roots are then cleaned and sealed. In many cases, a dental crown will be placed to protect a tooth that has had a root canal performed on it. Root canal therapy can save the tooth.

We welcome you to contact Shaia Dental Care to learn more about a root canal in Parma Heights, Ohio, and to schedule a visit with our dentist.