Endodontic treatment (also known as a root canal), is the process of removing a damaged or infected tooth pulp and replacing it with a white filling.
Tooth pulp is nerve tissue that is made up of cells, blood vessels, tissue fibres and nerves. The pulp provides oxygen and nutrients to the tooth and regulates the growth and development of the tooth.
Infection in this area can be very painful and can cause a lot of discomfort. If damaged tooth pulp is not treated, it can lead to an infection in the tissues that surround the tooth. This causes more pain and swelling and can develop into an abscess. The bacteria can also lead to bone damage which may require the tooth to be removed.
What is endodontic treatment?
The process of endodontic treatment first involves removing the infected pulp. The root canals are then cleaned and shaped so that they can be filled. Once the area has been sterilised, a white filling is placed, which strengthens the tooth and prevents any further infection.
Depending on the severity of the infection, your dentist may have to remove a significant amount of tooth, which can weaken it. In this instance, your dentist may recommend a crown to help restore the tooth and prevent it from cracking.
What are the symptoms?
There are several symptoms that patients with infected or damaged pulp may experience, they include:
- A constant toothache
- Pain when chewing or biting
- An abscess on your gum line (will look like a pimple)
- Swollen or painful gum tissue surrounding the tooth
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or have any concerns about your oral health, call us today or book an appointment online.
Early intervention can prevent the need for tooth removal, leading to less pain and expense.
Disclaimer: Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.