Endodontics (Root Canal Treatment)
Endontics is the branch of dental medicine that specializes in conditions impacting the tissues and pulp that surround the roots of a tooth. Dental pulp contains nerves, venules, arterioles, lymphatic tissue, and fibrous tissues. When these become diseased or damaged, endontic intervention may be required to save the tooth and provide the patient with relief.
The practice of endodontics covers a broad range of treatments and surgeries that addresses dental disease, conditions or injury, with a core focus on saving and preserving your natural teeth.
What is a Root Canal?
A root canal is one of the most commonly employed treatment modalities used in the field of endodontics. The aim of a root canal is to repair and save one or more teeth that have become severely infected or decayed. The procedure involvesthe removal of the pulp and associated nerve inside of the affected tooth. Once the pulp is removed, the tooth is cleaned, sterilized and sealed.
Signs you May Need a Root Canal
Although only a qualified dentist can determine whether or not a root canal is the best treatment option given your situation, the following represent symptoms that may indicate your need for treatment:
- Severe tooth pain, especially when eating or putting pressure on the tooth
- Increased sensitivity to cold or hot
- A darkening of the tooth
- Tenderness, redness or swelling of the gums around the tooth