ENDODONTIC DENTISTRYRoot Canal
Root Canal Therapy
Endodontic treatment saves a severely injured, cracked, or decayed tooth when its pulp (the soft inner tissue inside a tooth’s root canal) becomes inflamed or infected. If it is not treated promptly, pain or a tooth abscess (infection) results.
Root canal therapy is the process of removing infectious nerves from the inside of the tooth’s root canal. Treatment is completed in one or two office visits, depending on the presence of infection and the required treatment plan. After restoration, the tooth continues to function like any other tooth. With good oral hygiene, the restored tooth has the potential to last a lifetime.
When is a root canal needed?
See your dentist if you experience any of these symptoms:
Tooth or gum pain, discoloration, or prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold
A tooth that is tender when it is touched
A tooth abscess (pus enclosed in the tissues of the jawbone at the tip of an infected tooth)
Pus drainage in your mouth
Swelling or tenderness in the lymph nodes under your jaw
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