An endodontic treatment, or root canal treatment as it’s more commonly known, is a dental procedure that involves cleaning out the infected pulp or nerve of a tooth, disinfecting it and then strengthening the tooth.
A tooth can become infected and require a root canal if there is decay or a crack in the tooth. A diseased tooth can be very painful, so it is best to treat it straight away. Symptoms can include:
- Sensitive teeth – particularly between hot and cold temperatures
- Sore or painful tooth
- Darkening of the tooth
- Swelling or tenderness of the surrounding gum
Root canal treatments have a bad reputation for extreme pain however the actual treatment is really not so painful as most pain comes from the dying pulp or nerves. By performing the root canal treatment we’re able to eliminate the pain and save the tooth.
To determine whether a root canal treatment is the appropriate course of treatment, our dentist will need to complete a dental examination.