Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatment (also referred to as root canal therapy or endodontic therapy) is made necessary when an untreated cavity reaches all the way to the nerve. Treatment may also be needed when deep restorations or trauma to a tooth causes nerve damage. Once the nerve becomes infected it can begin to eat away at the surrounding bone (this is known as an abscess). If the nerve is infected it will require treatment as it cannot heal on it’s own. Treatment options are simply a root canal or tooth extraction. Symptoms that indicate the pulp has become infected may include sensitivity to hot/cold that lasts 30 seconds or more, pain, swelling, pain to biting or pressure, and a bad taste in the mouth. However, sometimes no symptoms are apparent and you may be unaware of any problem until a checkup.

A root canal is performed to clean out the infected tooth pulp and disinfect the canals of the tooth. Alternate treatment would be to extract the tooth. Usually a core build-up and crown is needed to restore the tooth back into chewing function.