When the inside of the tooth (pulp) becomes badly damaged or infected, a root canal or endodontic treatment, is done to save the tooth and prevent it from being pulled out. The pulp of the tooth can be affected by a cracked or chipped tooth due to injury or genetics, a deep cavity, or repeated dental treatment to the tooth.
If you are experiencing pain, prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold, tenderness with chewing, discolourations of the tooth, swelling or tenderness of the nearby bone and gum tissues, you could be in need of a root canal. A root canal treatment is designed to eliminate bacteria from the infected root canal, prevent reinfection of the tooth and save the natural tooth. Root canal treatment removes the inflamed or infected pulp by carefully cleaning and disinfecting the inside of the tooth and then filling it and sealing it.
A root canal procedure will help to relieve pain and make your tooth healthy again. It is a relatively painless and extremely effective treatment and you will be back to smiling, biting and chewing with ease in no time.