ROOT CANAL (ENDODONTICS)
The pulp chamber in the center of a tooth has become infected. Symptoms may include pain induced by hot or cold liquids, and/or pain when
chewing or biting. Besides the discomfort, there is the potential for the infection to spread to other parts of the body, including the brain.
In order to save the tooth, the nerve and other pulp tissue must be removed from the tooth’s pulp chamber, the chamber must be cleaned and
disinfected, and then it must be sealed away from the body. This procedure is generally referred to as a Root Canal. A crown is then placed
over the tooth to restore it to its proper shape and function.
A root canal will stop the pain, remove the infection, and save the tooth. Even though the pulp and nerve tissue have been removed, it
will continue to function as a normal tooth.
A root canal is a complex and expensive procedure, but it is the only option to save the tooth.
The only alternative to a root canal is extraction of the tooth. If the tooth is removed, then the tooth may be replaced with a dental
implant, dental bridge, or denture. Of all of these options, the root canal will be the least expensive and provide the best result
(saving the natural tooth).