A Root canal is a procedure used to remove infection inside the pulp chamber of the tooth. Inside of each of your teeth is a pulp chamber in which can be found the blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue that help the roots of your teeth grow during development. When the pulp in this chamber becomes infected – known as an abscess tooth – it becomes necessary to remove the infection in order to prevent tooth loss and other potentially serious consequences. The procedure to remove infection is known as root canal therapy or, more commonly, a root canal, and it is a safe, effective, and quick way to preserve the quality and appearance of your smile.
Symptoms that indicate a root canal may be necessary include:
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you likely have an abscessed tooth. Left untreated, the infection can spread to the jaw and throughout the face, resulting in systemic infection. An untreated tooth abscess can also result in tooth loss, necessitating advanced restorative services to preserve the quality and function of the smile.
While conventional knowledge holds that a root canal is unpleasant, the treatment is no more uncomfortable than a traditional filling. Far from causing pain, root canal procedures relieve pain and prevent future discomforts as well.