Root Canal Treatment (Endodontics)
A root canal treatment is typically done whenever the decay or injury to the tooth invades the inner part of the tooth where the pulp is. This is where the nerve and the blood supply are located. Having a root canal done on a tooth is the treatment of choice to save a tooth that otherwise would die and have to be removed.
Signs and Symptoms for Possible Root Canal Treatment:
- An abscess (or pimple) on the gums
- Sensitivity to hot and cold
- Severe toothache pain
- Sometimes no symptoms are present
- Swelling and/or tenderness
A root canal procedure involves drilling a small hole in the crown of the tooth, then removing the pulp, disinfecting the internal surfaces of the tooth, and finally filling the pulp cavity with a a rubbery plastic to fill the hole so that new infection can’t get into the tooth. Generally, by removing the root, it can potentially weaken a tooth and therefore, it is common to protect the integrity of the tooth by placing a crown over the tooth.