A root canal is a dental procedure removes the pulp of the tooth. The pulp is made up of nerves, connective tissue, and blood vessels.
A root canal is performed when the soft inner part of a tooth, known as the pulp, is injured, becomes inflamed, or infected. The crown of the tooth — the part you can see above your gums — can remain intact even if the pulp is dead. Removing injured or infected pulp is the best way to preserve the structure of the tooth.
Common Reasons For A Root Canal
How is a root canal performed?
A root canal is performed in a dental office. When you arrive for your appointment, a technician will escort you to a treatment room, help you get situated in a chair, and place a bib around your neck to protect your clothes from stains.
After: Root Canal
How To Know if You Need a Root Canal?
Endodontic treatment is necessary when the pulp, the soft tissue inside the root canal, becomes inflamed or infected. Your dentist will advise on whether or not a root canal is a good option for your specific needs.
Frequently Asked Questions
Severe toothache pain upon chewing or application of pressure
Prolonged sensitivity/pain to heat or cold temperatures (after the hot or cold has been removed)
Discoloration (a darkening) of the tooth
Swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums
A persistent or recurring pimple on the gums