A root canal treatment is a dental procedure that is performed to treat an infection or inflammation in the pulp of a tooth. The pulp is the soft tissue inside the tooth that contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue.
During a root canal treatment, we will remove the infected or inflamed pulp and clean the inside of the tooth. The root canals, which are the small, thin channels in the roots of the tooth, are also cleaned and shaped to remove any bacteria or debris. We will then fill the root canals with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha and seal the tooth with a filling or crown.
Root canal treatment is usually performed under local anesthesia and can take one or more appointments, depending on the severity of the infection or inflammation. After the procedure, the tooth may be sensitive for a few days, and the patient may need to take pain relievers and avoid hard or crunchy foods.
Root canal treatment is a common and effective way to save a tooth that might otherwise need to be extracted. If left untreated, an infected or inflamed pulp can cause pain, swelling, and even spread to other parts of the body, so it is important to seek treatment if you have symptoms of a tooth infection or inflammation.