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Dr. Thomas F. Gerrets Jr. D.M.D., P.A.

Ridgeland, MS

Why do I need a root canal?

Endodontic treatment (root canal) is needed when the pulp becomes inflammed or infected. The inflammation or infection can be caused by: repeated dental procedures on the tooth, deep decay, or a crack or chip in the tooth. An injury to a tooth may cause pulp damage even if the affected tooth has no visible chips or cracks. Pulp inflammation or infection left untreated may cause pain or lead to an abscess. Signs of pulp damage include pain, prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold, discoloration of the tooth and swelling and tenderness in the gums.  Sometimes no symptoms occur.

How does a root canal save my tooth?

Dr. Tom Gerrets will remove the inflammed or infected pulp, carefully clean and shape the inside of the tooth, then fill and seal the space. You will return to your general dentist to place a crown or other restoration on the tooth to protect and restore it to full function.