What is a root canal treatment?
Root canal or endodontic treatment becomes necessary when the dental pulp or the nerve tissue inside a tooth gets inflamed or infected. Caries, cracks, and trauma can all cause the pulp to become inflamed and then infected. Untreated pulp inflammation and infection can cause pain or result in an abscess. Signs and symptoms can include lingering temperature sensitivity, discoloration of the tooth, chewing pain, swelling or tenderness of the tooth or gums. Early treatment of these teeth can make the procedure more comfortable. It is best not to delay treatment if you can help it!
Endodontic treatment can often be performed over one or two appointments. During treatment, the inflamed or infected pulp is removed, and the inside of the root is carefully cleaned and then sealed with special root filling material. Afterwards, 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.
We invite you to watch the following educational video that further explains this procedure: