Root Canal (Endodontics)

Root canal therapy, also known as endodontic treatment, is a dental procedure that is performed to repair and save a severely damaged or infected tooth. This treatment is necessary when the pulp, the soft tissue inside the tooth that contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue, becomes infected or inflamed due to decay, deep fillings, trauma or gum disease.

During a root canal procedure, the dentist will remove the infected or damaged pulp, clean the inside of the tooth, and then fill and seal the root canal. The procedure is usually done under local anesthesia and may require multiple appointments depending on the extent of the infection or damage.

After the root canal treatment, the tooth may be weak and require a crown to protect it from further damage. Patients may experience some discomfort and sensitivity for a few days after the procedure, but this can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication.

If left untreated, an infected tooth can cause severe pain and lead to complications such as abscesses or even tooth loss. Root canal therapy can save the affected tooth and prevent further problems.