Root Canal Treatments
Root canal treatment (also refered to as root canal therapy or endodontic therapy) is made necessary when a cavity (caries) reaches to the pulp. A deep restoration or trauma to the tooth may also indicate a need for a root canal.
The root canal is the most feared words in the dental field. With technology today treatment is painless and fast. If a tooth is infected and requires a root canal it is advised to be on antibiotics to reduce infection which will make your root canal experience an easier one.
Common symptoms of needing a root canal are sensitivity to hot/cold/sweets for up to 5 minutes afterwards. Another sign is having a tooth wake you up in the middle of the night.
A root canal simply means that the dentist will clean out the infected tooth pulp and disinfect the canals of the tooth. Then the canals are filled to prevent any further infection. Usually a core build up and a crown is recommended for restoring a tooth that has had root canal therapy. A specialist called an Endodontist performs difficult root canals. If a root canal is needed and not performed the tooth will eventually need to be extracted.