Root Canal Treatment
Root Canal Treatment is the same as Root Canal Therapy or Endodontic therapy. When Disease or trauma causes damage to the pulp inside the tooth, the result is infection of the pulp. The pulp carries the tooth’s nerves, veins, arteries and lymph vessels. If the infection reaches the root tips it can begin to eat away at the surrounding bone and cause an abscess. Symptoms that the pulp has become infected may include sensitivity to hot/cold or sweets, pain, swelling, pain to biting or pressure, and a bad taste in the mouth. Sometimes, however, no symptoms are apparent and the person is unaware of any problem until a checkup. The treatment is to remove this infected pulp and clean the canal and fill that space with a bio-inert material. A temporary filling is placed until the tooth can be restored. Depending on which tooth is treated it can have one or more canals. Generally teeth in the front have one canal and as you go further back in the mouth the number of canals increase. When Root Canal treatment is performed on a tooth, it leaves the tooth brittle since it no longer has its pulp and can easily fracture. Depending on the amount of tooth structure remaining, it is usually recommended to place a post and Crown to support and protect the remaining tooth structure so that it can be used in function.