Restore Your Health with Root Canal Therapy
Dental infection can cause pain, difficulty eating, and left untreated, even require tooth extraction. Root canal therapy is commonly performed to remove damaged tissue and restore a patient's oral health. The dental team at Kellyn Hodges Orthodontics provides high-quality care to patients in the Philadelphia, PA-area by offering a wide array of services. Dr. Kellyn Hodges and her team coordinate with a highly trained endodontist for streamlined and efficient care. If you are experiencing symptoms that indicate you might need root canal treatment, contact us using our online form or call (215) 245-5100 today.
When is Root Canal Therapy Needed?
Root canal therapy, or endodontic treatment, is necessary when the dental pulp has become infected. This soft tissue lies within the root canals of each tooth.
Signs of Infection
While some patients may not experience any symptoms, there are often noticeable signs that you are suffering from a dental infection:
- Severe toothache
- Swollen or tender gums
- Sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
- Discoloration of the tooth
If you have any of these concerns, it is essential to bring it to the attention of your doctor as soon as possible. The earlier a root canal infection is treated, the better chance we have of saving the tooth.
Consequences of Untreated Infection
An untreated dental infection can have serious consequences as the bacteria will continue to multiply. This can lead to the development of an abscess, as well as damage to the surrounding soft and hard tissues. In many cases, the tooth must be extracted in order to protect the patient's overall oral health.