Root Canal Treatment
The root canal is the hollow channel within a tooth containing soft tissue, or pulp, made up of blood vessels and nerve tissue, which can become infected through decay or injury.
This doesn’t always mean the tooth must be removed. An endodontic treatment, also known as a “root canal”, is a safe and effective way of saving the severely injured, cracked, or decayed tooth. If it is not treated promptly, pain or a tooth abscess (infection) results.
Root canal treatment is completed in one or two office visits, depending on the presence of infection and the required treatment plan. After restoration, with good oral hygiene, the restored tooth has the potential to last a lifetime.
- Tooth or gum pain, prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold.
- A tooth that is tender when it is touched.
- A tooth abscess.
- Pus drainage in your mouth.
- Swelling or tenderness in the lymph nodes under your jaw.
The treatment involves the removal of the diseased pulp along with the tooth’s nerve. The pulp chamber and root canal(s) of your tooth are then cleaned, medicated and sealed, and your tooth repaired with a crown which will protect the tooth from fracture and make it easier to use and clean.