Root Canal procedure (known as a pulpectomy) is the process of disinfecting and refilling the inside of a tooth, thus preventing pain and limiting damage to the tooth, when the pulp is infected either from a crack or deep cavity.

Some indications of the need for root canal treatment may be:

  • Spontaneous pain or throbbing while biting
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold foods
  • Severe decay or an injury that creates an abscess (infection) in the bone

Without treatment, a tooth with a diseased nerve (pulp) may mean loss of that tooth. With a special dental procedure called root canal treatment, that tooth can be repaired.

Inside each tooth is both the pulp and the nerve. The nerve is the part of the tissue that originally formed the tooth. Once the tooth has been in the mouth for some time, the functioning of the nerve is no longer necessary.

When a tooth is cracked or has a deep cavity, bacteria can enter the pulp and cause an infection inside the tooth. Without treatment, pus builds up at the root tip in the jawbone, forming an abscess. An abscess can cause the pulp tissue to die. When the infected pulp is not removed, pain and swelling can result. Left without treatment, the tooth may have to be removed.

During treatment, the diseased pulp is removed. Next, the pulp chamber and root canal(s) of the tooth are disinfected and sealed. Often posterior teeth need a dental crown placed on them in order to strengthen the remaining structure. Over time, and with a consistent care routine (brushing, flossing, and regular teeth cleaning) for the teeth and gums, the root(s) of the restored tooth are nourished by the surrounding tissues, and the tooth can last a lifetime.

Most of the time a root canal is a relatively simple procedure with little or no discomfort, involving 1-3 visits. Best of all, a root canal can save your tooth!

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