Also known as a “root canal”, endodontic treatment treats the inside of the tooth. Endodontic treatment can become necessary when the pulp of the tooth becomes inflamed or infected. This is a result of deep decay, repeated dental procedures, a chip or crack in the tooth, or trauma. If left untreated, it can cause pain and sometimes when infected, inflammation and an abscess. Signs of pulp damage include pain, prolonged sensitivity to hot and cold, discoloration of the tooth, swelling and tenderness of the surrounding gums. In some cases, a patient can have no symptoms at all.
How does endodontic treatment save the tooth?
Once the damaged pulp is removed, the remaining space is filled in and sealed. You will then have a final restoration placed, either with a crown for strength and longevity, or sometimes with a filling if the tooth has not had too much previous restoration. This will help restore the tooth to full function.
Will endodontic treatment hurt?
No. It shouldn’t. Once we’ve administered anesthetic to numb the tooth, you should feel no discomfort at all. A recent survey conducted by the American Association of Endodontists indicated that two out of three Americans list fear of pain as their main concern when it comes to root canal therapy. However, modern advances in technology have made treatment no more painful than receiving a dental filling. In fact, root canal therapy is intended to relieve pain, not cause it.