Endodontic or root canal treatment is a very common but important dental surgery because it allows patient to save his natural tooth.
Under the external hard tissue of the tooth (enamel) and the dentin, there is a soft tissue called pulp. The pulp extends from the crown of the tooth to the tip of the roots where it connects to the tissues surrounding the root.
If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause pain or lead to an abscess.
If abscess has been formed at the root end and inside the bone, antibiotics are provided prior to endodontic treatment to reduce its volume.
In the endodontic treatment the dentist makes an opening in the crown of the tooth, thoroughly disinfects the root canals and removes the pulp and the nerves.
Subsequently he fills the root canals with a biocompatible material and the tooth is permanently sealed.
If the loss of dental tissue is extensive, we can place a crown to protect the weak tooth from wear.
Endodontic treatment is performed with local anesthesia and is generally painless. Some mild discomfort may be felt by the patient between visits but it subsides with analgesics.
Without early endodontic treatment your tooth will eventually be extracted.