Root Canal or Endodontic Treatment is a dental procedure used to treat infected or damaged tooth pulp. The tooth pulp is the soft tissue inside the tooth that contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. When the pulp becomes infected or damaged, it can cause pain and lead to the death of the tooth. Root canal treatment involves:
-Removing the infected or damaged pulp.
-Cleaning the inside of the tooth.
-Filling and sealing the tooth to prevent further infection.
The procedure is typically performed by an endodontist, a dentist specializing in treating the inside of the tooth.
Root canal treatment can be necessary for various reasons, including cavities, tooth decay, or a recent tooth injury. If left untreated, an infected or damaged tooth can cause an abscess, spreading the infection to the surrounding tissue and even damaging bone and nearby teeth. Root canal treatment can help save the tooth and prevent the need for an extraction. The procedure is typically performed under local anesthesia to numb the area, and most people report only minimal discomfort during and after the treatment. Following your endodontist's post-treatment instructions is essential to ensure the best possible outcome and prevent further infection.