Root Canal Treatment
Root canal treatment, also known as endodontics, involves removing infected pulp from the innermost part of the tooth. This prevents the infection from spreading and can help save a tooth that may otherwise have to be extracted.
The pulp is made up of soft tissue, including nerves and blood vessels, and extends from the crown to the tips of the root. The pulp can become infected due to decay, a deep filling or trauma to the tooth. Symptoms can include pain, increased sensitivity to temperature, discolouration, a metallic taste, gum tenderness or swelling.
Although root canal treatment has a reputation for being painful, the procedure should be no more uncomfortable than having a normal filling.
- Can save an infected tooth from extraction
- Removes a source of infection that could spread to other areas
- Prevents further problems that could be caused by losing a tooth
- Can relieve toothache
- Less expensive than replacing a lost tooth