Endodontic treatment - also know as a root canal treatment - treats the inside of the tooth. Endodontic treatment is necessary when the pulp becomes inflamed or infected. The inflammation or infection can have a variety of causes: deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, faulty fillings or crowns, or a crack or chip in the tooth. In addition, trauma to a tooth may cause pulp damage even if the tooth has no visible chips or cracks. If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause pain, an abscess or eventual tooth loss.
During root canal treatment, the endodontist removes the inflamed or infected pulp, carefully cleans and shapes the inside of the tooth, then fills and seals the space. Afterwards, you will return to your own dentist, who will place a crown or other restoration on the tooth to protect and restore it to full function. Following restoration, the tooth will function like any other tooth.
A modern root canal treatment is nothing like those old sayings! It’s very similar to a routine filling and can usually be completed in one or two appointments, depending on the condition of your tooth and your personal circumstances. You can expect a comfortable experience during and after your appointment.
Saving the natural tooth with root canal treatment has many advantages:
Endodontic treatment helps you maintain your natural smile and continue eating the foods you love, while limiting the need for ongoing dental work. With proper care, most teeth that have had root canna treatment can last as long as other natural teeth and often for a lifetime.