Root Canal Therapy

Endodontics (root canal therapy) is performed to save your teeth, rather than removing them.

Root canal treatment is about treating inflammation and disease of the tooth pulp, including infections in the jawbone. The pulp consists of blood vessels and nerves that are located inside the canals which exist within the root of the tooth. In the past, these teeth were extracted. Today with advancements in dental treatments and root canal therapy, most of these teeth can be saved.

When root canal treatment becomes necessary

Root canal treatment is needed when the pulp, the soft tissue inside the root canal, becomes inflamed or infected. The inflammation or infection can have a variety of causes: deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, or a crack or chip in the tooth. In addition, an injury to a tooth may cause pulp damage even if the tooth has no visible chips or cracks. If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause pain or lead to an abscess.

Signs to look for

Signs that indicate you are in need of endodontic treatment include pain, prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold, tenderness to touch and chewing, swelling, drainage and tenderness in the lymph nodes as well as nearby bone and gingival tissues.