Root canals have a long-standing reputation of being a difficult and dreaded procedure, but millions are successfully and easily treated with root canals every year.
So what are root canals exactly? A root canal is a procedure performed on a tooth that has an inflamed or infected pulp. The pulp is the soft tissue inside the tooth that contains blood vessels, nerves, and tissues that nourish the tooth during development. The pulp can become infected by decay, a crack or a chip, trauma to the teeth, or even repeated dental procedures.
Signs of a tooth in need of a root canal are tenderness to the touch, discoloration, swelling, drainages, tenderness of the surrounding gum and bone, and sensitivity to heat and cold. Should you be experiencing any of these symptoms you may need treatment.
The treatment focuses on the removal of the infected pulp. Your dentist will carefully clean the inside of the tooth, fill the space, and seal the tooth with either a crown or another restoration. During the procedure you should feel no pain and after you may feel some sensitivity.
Root canals are an effective way to save the tooth from needing complete replacement. Saving the tooth is always the best option before considering extraction. Your dentist and endodontist will be work together to develop the best root canal treatment for your needs.