Endodontic therapy, also known as a root canal, is the removal of the damaged, diseased or dead tooth pulp. This relatively painless procedure happens in two steps.
During the first step, the infected tissue is removed, and the remaining space is cleaned, medicated and covered with a temporary crown.
During the second step, the tooth is filled with a thermoplastic filling material that seals off the tooth and is covered with a crown to strengthen and protect the tooth.
As long as you continue to care for your teeth and gums with regular brushing, flossing, and checkups, your restored tooth can last a lifetime!
Some signs you may need a root canal include:
- Severe tooth pain upon chewing or application of pressure
- Prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold
- Dark discoloration of the tooth
- Swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums
This video shows you how root canal therapy can save a tooth with damaged or infected nerves and restore its natural function.