Root Canal Therapy
What is a root canal?
Inside the tooth, under the white enamel and a hard layer of dentin, is a soft tissue called the pulp. The pulp contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue and extends from the crown of the tooth to the tip of the roots, where it connects to other surrounding tissues. Root canal therapy is necessary when the pulp becomes inflamed or infected. This can be caused by deep decay, trauma, cracks, or chips. Symptoms can include pain, swelling, tenderness, and prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold. Sometimes, there are no symptoms.
How is a root canal performed?
Root canal therapy is a common dental procedure to save your natural tooth. The endodontist removes the inflamed or infected pulp, carefully cleans and shapes the inside of the tooth, and then fills and seals the space. This is performed under local anesthesia and can typically be completed in one visit. After treatment, you will return to your general dentist for final restoration of the tooth.