What Is a Root Canal?
Endodontic treatment or root canal treatment is a dental procedure that aims to remove infected tissue surrounding a tooth.
When the pulp of your tooth is damaged, root canal treatment is one of the treatment steps. Beforehand, our dentist will take care of removing the tissues (nerves, arteries, veins and cells) found in this area and disinfecting it. He will then proceed to the root canal treatment, which consists of giving shape to the canals and closing them. Finally, the crown of your tooth is reconstructed so that it regains its appearance and function.
Why a Root Canal May Be Recommended
A root canal treatment helps relieve your symptoms and save your natural tooth. The procedure also limits the need for more extensive dental work in the future.
By removing the decay and bacteria from the inner tooth, your dentist can help halt the spread of infection and restore the healthy portion of the tooth.
Most patients who have root canals experience little discomfort or pain, and end up with a restored tooth. With proper care, most teeth that have had root canal treatment can last a lifetime.
Signs You Need a Root Canal
If you are experiencing any of the signs or symptoms below, contact us. Our dental team can diagnose the issue, and determine treatment.
- An abscess (or pimple) on the gums
- Sensitivity to hot and cold
- Severe toothache pain
- Swelling and/or tenderness