What is Root Canal Treatment?

When the nerve of the tooth becomes infected, root canal treatment can save the tooth.

Some symptoms of an infected tooth are:

  • Sensitivity to hot and cold
  • Swelling or pain
  • Bad taste in mouth
  • Sometimes no symptoms at all.

Though some teeth without cavities can become infected, deep cavities are the main cause of infection. They allow germs to get into the pulp chamber, these germs cause infection and the pulp dies. The puss from the infection eventually builds up at the tip of the root and makes a hole in the bone this is called an abscess.

A blow or hard knock to a tooth may also cause the pulp to die and then become infected. An infected tooth will not heal on it’s own and as it gets worse it will continue to be a source of infection that drags down your immune system.

These infections can be excruciatingly painful and years ago an infected tooth would just have to be pulled out. But today we can save your tooth with root canal treatment.

What to expect

Root Canal Treatment is a tedious process, it is very important to get it right which can take time. For that reason it is usually performed over two 1 and a half to 2hour appointments.

As pictured on the right your dentist will use a rubber dam during most of the root canal treatment. The idea of the rubber dam is to isolate the tooth to reduce the chances of infection and also prevent any small objects used during treatment from falling into the back of your throat.