Root Canal Treatment
Has your dentist or endodontist told you that you need root canal treatment? If so, you’re not alone. Learn how root canal treatment can relieve your tooth pain and save your smile.
To understand a root canal procedure, it helps to know about the anatomy of the tooth. Inside the tooth, under the white enamel and a hard layer called the dentin, is a soft tissue called the pulp, which contains the nerve of the tooth.
Endodontic treatment is necessary when the pulp becomes inflamed or infected. During root canal treatment, the inflamed or infected pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is carefully cleaned and disinfected, then filled. Afterwards, the tooth is restored with a crown or filling for protection. After restoration, the tooth continues to function like any other tooth.
Modern root canal treatment is very similar to having a routine filling and usually can be completed in one or two appointments, depending on the condition of your tooth and your personal circumstances. You can expect a comfortable experience during and after your appointment. With proper care, most teeth that have had root canal treatment can last as long as other natural teeth.