The main endodontic treatment is root canal therapy. This is a necessary procedure when the pulp inside your tooth gets infected or is affected by decay.
How does root canal treatment work?
When the pulp gets infected, root canal treatment lets us save the tooth by removing the pulp and preventing the spread of the infection. Saving the tooth keeps the teeth beside it from shifting position and possibly causing jaw problems later. The pulp is removed by drilling a small hole in the tooth being treated to access the area inside the tooth. Then we remove the pulp and disinfect the inside of the tooth to prevent the infection from returning. After that, we close the hole and place a dental crown over the tooth to restore and protect it.
Aren’t root canals painful?
In most cases, root canal treatment is no more painful than having a tooth filled. The area may be sensitive for a few days following treatment. Any pain can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication.
An infected tooth can sometimes be felt as a severe toothache. If you’re experiencing pain in one of your teeth call us to make an appointment.