Root Canal Treatment, What Is It?
- Root Canal Treatment (Endodontics) treats disorders of the nerve (also called the pulp) of the tooth.
- It is a procedure to try and retain a tooth in the mouth when the nerve has died or is dying.
It used to be that a tooth with a diseased or infected nerve had to be removed, however, this is no longer true in most cases. We believe in saving teeth instead of removing them, we make every effort to help you keep your natural teeth for a lifetime.
Root Canal Treatment is usually a simple procedure with little or no discomfort involving one to three visits to the dentist. Most patients report that having root canal treatment today is as unobtrusive as getting a filling. The best news is that it can save your tooth and your smile!
What Makes Treatment Necessary?
- When a tooth becomes painful
- Tender to bite on
- Is particularly sensitive to heat and cold
- May have an obvious large cavity, which extends into the nerve of the tooth
Endodontics is a complex and technically demanding procedure, but one which, when performed well, has a very high success rate. Though root canal therapy has a reputation as a painful procedure, this is not actually the case as it is designed to relieve the pain caused by an infected tooth.
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