When the inside of the tooth (the pulp) and the surrounding area is infected as a result of the formation of cracks, cavities or lesions, a root canal treatment (also known as endodontic treatment) is needed.
Symptoms of infection include:
- Sensitivity to hot or cold food or beverages
- Pain when biting or chewing
- Inflammation of the gums near the affected tooth
- Suppuration of the affected tooth
- Swelling of the face
The object of a root canal treatment is to save the tooth and prevent new infections. If not, the infection can spread and the tooth may need to be removed.
During your endodontic treatment your dentist will:
- Remove the infected or damaged tissue inside the tooth
- Clean and disinfect the area
- Fill and seal the cavity using special materials
Depending on the final post-treatment results, the tooth will either require a filling, or crown.