Endodontic Dental Procedure (Root Canal)
Root canal treatment is also known as endodontic therapy. Your dentist uses this procedure to clean infection from the inside of the tooth and minimize the chance of future infections.
The pulp tissue inside a tooth can get infected by bacteria if the tooth is cracked or has a deep cavity; the germs can cause infection. When there is no treatment, pus may collect inside the tooth causing pain and swelling. This can injure the jawbone and negatively affect your overall health. Also, the infection can result in removal of the tooth.
Here are some signs you may need a root canal procedure:
- Severe toothache
- Tenderness and swelling of the gum area
- Dark discoloration of the tooth
- Prolonged sensitivity to cold or heat
- Pain when chewing or biting down on food
You will need several visits to your doctor for the endodontic treatment. First, the infected tissue is removed from inside the tooth and around the roots. The doctor will then clean and seal the interior of the tooth. Next, the tooth will be filled with special medical-grade filling material. If there is an extensive decay, your dentist will probably place a “crown” to protect and strengthen the tooth. If a proper care is provided to the restored tooth along with your other teeth, it can last a lifetime and help keep that beautiful smile.