What is involved in a root canal treatment
The internal part of a tooth contains soft tissue known as the “pulp”. The pulp is found in canals inside the roots (root canals) & is made up of small nerves & blood vessels. The pulp tissue originates from small branches from the bone around the tooth roots. The pulp is what helps keeps the tooth vital & fluid.
The pulp inside the root canals can become infected if a tooth is badly decayed, extensively broken down or has an existing large restoration. Root canal treatment is necessary to save a tooth with infected pulp.
Root canal treatment involves removing the infected pulp from the root canals & then sealing this area to help avoid future infection. Without such treatment, the bone surrounding the tooth may become infected and a painful abscess may form.
Symptoms associated with an infected pulp (root canal)
- sensitivity to cold & hot fluids or foods
- pain when chewing
- spontaneous throbbing pain
- persistent dull toothache