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The root canal is the hollow channel within a tooth containing soft tissue, or pulp, made up of blood vessels and nerve tissue, which can become infected through decay or injury. This doesn’t always mean the tooth must be removed. An endodontic treatment, also known as a “root canal”, is a safe and effective way of saving the severely injured, cracked, or decayed tooth. If it is not treated promptly, pain or a tooth abscess (infection) results.

Root canal treatment is completed in one or two office visits, depending on the presence of infection and the required treatment plan. After restoration, with good oral hygiene, the restored tooth has the potential to last a lifetime.

Symptoms of a Root Canal

See your dentist if you experience any of these symptoms:

  • Tooth or gum pain, discoloration, or prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold
  • A tooth that is tender when it is touched
  • A tooth abscess (pus enclosed in the tissues of the jawbone at the tip of an infected tooth)
  • Pus drainage in your mouth
  • Swelling or tenderness in the lymph nodes under your jaw
Endodontic Treatment

Root canal treatment involves the removal of the diseased pulp along with the tooth’s nerve (located within a tooth’s root canal). The pulp chamber and root canal(s) of your tooth are then cleaned, medicated and sealed, and your tooth repaired with a crown which will protect the tooth from fracture and make it easier to use and clean.

Left untreated, the infected pulp will lead to the loss off your tooth. As well as causing you pain, it may also spread to the surrounding bone, causing an abscess to form. Endodontic treatment can give your tooth a new lease of life as well as ending your pain.