Root canal treatment, also known as endodontic treatment, is a dental procedure performed to treat a damaged or infected tooth pulp. The tooth pulp is the soft tissue located inside the tooth that contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue.
During a root canal procedure, the dentist will numb the affected tooth and make a small opening in the top of the tooth to access the pulp chamber. They will then remove the damaged or infected pulp and clean out the inside of the tooth. Once the pulp is removed, the dentist will fill the tooth with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha, and seal the opening with a filling or crown.
Root canal treatment may be necessary if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Severe toothache
- Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
- Swelling or tenderness in the gums
- Discoloration or darkening of the tooth
- A recurring pimple on the gums
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. Delaying treatment can lead to further complications and may even result in tooth loss.
Overall, root canal treatment is a safe and effective procedure that can help save a damaged or infected tooth and relieve pain and discomfort. Your dentist will be able to provide you with more information about the procedure and answer any questions you may have.