Endodontics (root canal treatment)
After treatment, the tooth continues to function like any other tooth
Endodontic treatment is necessary when the pulp (the soft tissue inside the root canal) becomes inflamed or infected.
Endodontic treatment is necessary when the pulp, the soft tissue inside the root canal, becomes inflamed or infected.
The inflammation or infection can have a variety of causes: deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth or a crack or chip in the tooth.
In addition, an injury to a tooth may cause pulp damage even if the tooth has no visible chips or cracks. If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause pain or lead to an abscess.
Root canal treatment explained step by step
What are the signs of needing root canal treatment?
Signs to look out for include prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold, tenderness to touch and chewing, pain and swelling, drainage and tenderness in the lymph nodes as well as nearby bone and gum tissues.
However, sometimes there are no signs or symptoms.
How can endodontics save my tooth?
Endodontics involves the removal of the inflamed or infected pulp followed by careful cleaning and shaping the inside of the root canal. The root canals are then filled to seal the space.
Afterward, you will return to your dentist, who will place a crown or other restoration on the tooth to protect and restore it to full function. After restoration, the tooth continues to function like any other tooth.