An endodontic procedure, better known as root canal therapy, is a specialized filling in your root. When the pulp tissue of the tooth is damaged or dead, it is cleaned out thoroughly. The area which the nerve once occupied is cleansed and shaped before a special filling is placed to seal it off. In most situations, an endodontically treated tooth must be restored with a post, core, and crown to remain strong.
A root canal is one of the most common dental procedures, and it is a treatment that can save your natural teeth, preventing you from having to get dental implants or bridges.
A root canal is needed when the pulp (a collection of blood cells in the center of your tooth) becomes infected due to trauma, deep decay, cracks and chips or repeated dental procedures. Symptoms of this kind of infection can include visible injury or swelling of the tooth, sensitivity to temperature, or pain in the tooth and gums.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you will likely be recommended to receive a non-surgical root canal treatment to rid of the deceased or damaged pulp. The pulp will be removed and the root canal system is cleaned and sealed as to prevent any further complications or infections. This kind of treatment can usually be treated in one or two treatments, depending on the severity of the damage.