Each year, millions of teeth are treated and saved from disease and damage through the process of a root canal treatment. This is a very common endodontic treatment that dentists prescribe all the time, and most have extensive experience performing.
Root canal treatment is one of the most efficient ways to make teeth healthy and to relieve pain. While it is still a serious procedure, many people undergo this treatment every day.
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On the first visit, we often treat the symptom and relieve your pain.
Here are some of the facts you should know about root canals:
What is a root canal?
Root Canal Treatment (RCT), also known as endodontic treatment, describes procedures that treat the nerve of a tooth. Keep in mind that all tooth ‘roots’ have at least one canal, and sometimes more than that.
Root canals are typically performed by specialized dentists, called ‘endodontists,’ who are trained specifically to perform root canal treatments.
Inside teeth and surrounding teeth, there is a soft tissue called ‘pulp.’ This tissue contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue. These chambers can become infected with bacteria and a root canal removes that bacteria.
When someone has a root canal, the dental pulp is removed and the chambers of the teeth are filled and then sealed to guard against any future bacterial infections. Root canals work similarly to routine fillings. This treatment is also very effective in preserving the natural tooth to avoid dental implants. Root canals also help with:
When does someone need a root canal?
When a hole in the tooth has gotten to the point where the bacteria spreads to the dental pulp then a root canal is required. When left untreated, the infected dental pulp can start to negatively affect the jawbone, cause pain, and even lead to an abscess. Here are some of the common causes of needing a root canal:
When pulp becomes infected from deep decay
Repeated dental procedures and exposure
A crack or chip in the tooth
Additionally, here are some of the signs and root canal symptoms that indicate you may need a root canal:
Sensitivity to hot and cold sensations
Intense pain from chewing and biting
A chipped or cracked tooth
Swollen and tender gums
Darkening of gums or visible decay
Pimples and inflammation on the gums