Although no one likes to hear the phrase “root canal,” this procedure can relieve your pain and help save your natural tooth.
Endodontics is a dental specialty that focuses on the deepest part of a tooth: the pulp. The pulp is composed of nerves, blood vessels, and organ tissue and its main function is to feed the tooth, especially during childhood. However, when it becomes infected, it can cause a lot of pain and if untreated, eventually the loss of the tooth.
A tooth infection is typically caused by decay or a deep cavity that causes irreparable damage or death to the tooth pulp – the soft tissue where all the nerves are located within the tooth. When antibiotics are no longer an option for treating a tooth infection, a root canal becomes a necessary procedure.
Do you need a root canal? Only a dental professional can advise you if you need a root canal. If it is deemed necessary to save your tooth, our specialists will perform the procedure to identify the cause of the problem and treat any issues related to the tooth’s pulp. The doctor will remove the infected pulp, clean the root area, take necessary steps to avoid further infection and seal the tooth. Root canal treatment is highly successful and can often last a lifetime.
You may be a candidate for a root canal if you suffer from any of the following problems:
- Decay has reached the tooth pulp
- Infection or abscess has developed inside the tooth or at the root tip
- Injury or trauma to the tooth