Is your tooth hurting you? Does hot and cold intake make the pain worse? Can’t chew on that particular tooth? If any of these conditions apply to you, you MIGHT need root canal therapy. When the pulp of the tooth – comprising nerve tissue, blood vessels and other cellular tissue – becomes inflamed or infected due to tooth decay (cavity), trauma, a crack etc., root canal therapy may be required.
Root canal therapy, or endodontic therapy, is a procedure encompassing a series of steps to remove the infected or inflamed dental pulp and then restore the canal of the tooth with appropriate filling material. Pulpectomy is a part of root canal therapy performed in emergency situations to relieve the patient’s pain. Pulp is removed for the placement of a medicinal filling. The patient will return to the dental office on a later date to have the root canal procedure completed.
We hope this summary helps you understand the root canal procedure a little better. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us and our dental staff. We would be pleased to answer your questions.