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What is a root canal?

Root canal treatment, also known as endodontic therapy, is the process of removing infected, injured or dead tissue from the root canal of your tooth. The space inside the hard layers of each tooth is called the root canal system. The root canal system is filled with soft dental pulp tissue that is comprised of nerves and blood vessels, which help your tooth to grow, develop, and provide sensation.

How do I know if I need a root canal?

Bacteria (germs) can enter your tooth through cracks or leaky fillings, or by way of deep cavities. When this happens, the pulp tissue in your tooth can sustain irreversible damage. When the pulp tissue sustains irreversible damage, it begins to die or become infected. This can lead to throbbing or aching pain, swelling in the area, and/or extreme pain associated with hot and cold temperatures and biting or chewing. These symptoms can generally indicate that the tooth has become abscessed.

An abscessed tooth is a tooth with an infection in the pulp tissue. If pulp becomes infected, it needs to be removed by way of endodontic or root canal therapy.

Not all teeth needing endodontic treatment have large cavities or cracks. The pulp tissue of a tooth can undergo irreversible damage through trauma, hyper-occlusion or severe wear, periodontal disease or other factors. Generally, abnormal symptoms accompany a tooth with irreversible pulp damage. But not all teeth needing endodontic therapy present with pain or symptoms. In some instances, a tooth needing endodontic therapy is first identified with dental x-rays that may show bone loss or destruction of the periodontal ligament surrounding the tooth. Your dentist may notice these signs on an x-ray or from other changes with the tooth or surrounding tissue.

If left untreated, an abscessed tooth can cause serious oral health problems and sometimes lead to serious systemic health complications.

This is an abscessed tooth

An abscessed tooth.


A Healthy Tooth looks like.

A healthy tooth.

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