What is a root canal treatment?
In simple terms, “root canal treatment” means cleaning of the canals inside the tooth’s root. Root canal treatment involves the removal of the decay, infected pulp and tooth’s nerve (located within a tooth’s root canal). The pulp chamber and root canal(s) of your tooth are then cleaned, disinfected and sealed. Since the tooth remains severely weakened, a core buildup and dental crown are usually needed to protect and strengthen the tooth afterwards. The filling core and crown act as a protective cover. They protect the tooth from further damage and help restore proper chewing function.
What are some common symptoms?
Please call us if you experience any of the following symptoms:
· Tooth or gum pain, discoloration, or prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold
· A tooth that is tender when it is touched
· A tooth abscess (pus enclosed in the tissues of the jawbone at the tip of an infected tooth)
· Pus drainage in your mouth
· Swelling or tenderness in the lymph nodes under your jaw
Why get a root canal treatment?
A root canal treatment saves a severely injured, cracked, or decayed tooth when its pulp (the soft inner tissue inside a tooth’s root canal) becomes inflamed or infected. If it is not treated promptly, pain or a tooth infection might result. Root canal treatment is completed in one or two office visits, depending on the presence of infection and the required treatment plan. After restoration, the tooth continues to function like any other tooth. With good oral hygiene, the restored tooth has the potential to last a lifetime.