Root Canal Treatment
Endodontic treatment, also known as a Root Canal Treatment, is a treatment of the tooth aimed at clearing infection as well as protecting the tooth from subsequent infections.
The term “root canal” refers to either two things; the inner part (passages) of the tooth between the pulp and tooth roots, and to the dental procedure used to remove infected material and relieve root canal pain.
The root canals contain nerves and blood vessels. The nerve within the adult tooth doesn’t serve a specific purpose other than sensing heat, cold, and other stimuli. Removing a nerve in an infected tooth is common procedure to treat teeth pain caused by decay or infection in the tooth pulp.
Pain resonating from the root canal may be caused by several reasons;
- Decay:Tooth decay that has penetrated the outer layers of the teeth causing root canal pain.
- Damage:Cracks or chips in teeth can cause tooth decay and root canal pain.
- Disease:Risk factors for infection in the tooth pulp include severe tooth decay, trauma to the tooth, recent dental procedures, large fillings, and cracks or chips in the teeth.
Endodontic treatment is intended to help save your tooth from extraction. Missing teeth can make you self-conscious, affect your ability to bite and chew, cause other healthy teeth to shift, and have a negative impact on your overall health. By choosing to receive endodontic treatment, you are choosing to keep your smile healthy and beautiful for years to come.