A root canal is an endodontic procedure necessary to treat the inflammation or infection of the pulp, which is the soft connective tissue plus the nerves inside the tooth. Inflammation or infection can be triggered by tooth decay, a chip, or a crack in the tooth; any of these can expose the pulp, enabling bacteria to enter and start an infection. If left unattended, the inflamed pulp can cause severe pain or develop an abscess, which can create additional health issues.
Some of the symptoms associated with an infection or inflammation of the pulp include:
- Sensitivity to cold or heat
- Discoloration of the tooth
In many cases where these symptoms are present, a root canal procedure might be necessary to save the tooth. Out patients also appreciate the pain alleviation that a root canal brings.
X-rays of the tooth and a pulp test will be conducted by your dentist to confirm if the procedure is necessary. The root canal treatment consists of saving the tooth by removing the infected or inflamed pulp and nerve, cleaning the tooth, and filling and sealing it. A crown will then be placed over the tooth to seal it and prevent further infections, and also to serve as the visible part of the tooth that is used for biting and chewing. A dentist or endodontist can perform the procedure, which usually takes two appointments to complete.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, please call us today at (215) 261-7003 to schedule an appointment and talk to our specialists.