Root canal therapy
Also known as root canal treatment, endodontics is concerned with treating the inside of the tooth. This type of treatment is necessary when the tooth pulp becomes inflamed or infected due to severe decay, repeated dental procedures, faulty crowns, or a crack or chip in the tooth (trauma to a tooth may also cause pulp damage even if the tooth has no visible damage). If left untreated, pulp infection can cause pain or lead to an abscess.
Symptoms of an abscess in your tooth or gum may include:
- an intense, throbbing pain in the affected tooth or gum that may come on suddenly and gets gradually worse
- redness and swelling in your face
- a tender, discoloured and/or loose tooth
- shiny, red and swollen gums
- sensitivity to hot or cold food and drink
- bad breath and/or an unpleasant taste in your mouth
How does a root canal work?
During root canal or endodontic treatment, the inflamed or infected pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is carefully cleaned and disinfected, then filled and sealed. Afterwards, the tooth is restored with a crown or filling for protection, leaving it as good as new, if not slightly better!
Endodontic treatment helps you maintain your natural smile, continue eating the foods you love and limits the need for ongoing dental work.
Any one of our team of dentists can provide root canal treatment of refer you to our endodontist for more complex procedures relating to the interior of the tooth.
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