What is endodontics?
What is root canal therapy?
Root canal treatment is the area of dentistry dealing with the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the dental pulp and nerve tissue.
Our doctors use root canal treatment to treat the cause of dental pain, infection or decay caused by bacteria. If a tooth is infected and hurting, the alternative to endodontics is extracting the tooth. The dental pulp contains nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue. It lies within the tooth and extends from the crown of the tooth to the tip of the root in the bone of the jaws.
When the dental pulp is inflamed or injured from bacteria or trauma, the pulp tissue dies. If the pulp is not removed, your tooth can become infected. After the dentist removes the pulp, the root canal is cleaned and sealed to protect it. A crown over the tooth helps keep the tooth strong and prevents tooth fracture.
Do I need root canal therapy?
- Tooth pain
- Increase in tooth sensitivity
- A persistent or recurring pimple near the gums
- Swelling or tenderness in the gums