A root canal treatment, also known as endodontic therapy, is a dental procedure designed to treat and save a tooth that has become infected or severely decayed. This procedure involves removing the damaged or infected pulp (soft tissue inside the tooth) from the tooth's root canals, cleaning and disinfecting the canals, and then sealing them to prevent further infection.
Here's an overview of the root canal treatment process:
Root canal treatment is necessary when the pulp inside the tooth becomes infected due to deep decay, a cracked tooth, repeated dental procedures on the same tooth, or trauma. If left untreated, an infected tooth can lead to severe pain, abscess formation, and the potential for the infection to spread to other parts of the body.
Modern root canal treatments are typically comfortable and effective, often alleviating the pain associated with an infected tooth. Advances in dental technology, techniques, and anesthesia have significantly improved the success rate of root canal procedures. If you experience severe tooth pain or suspect you might need a root canal, it's important to consult a dentist or endodontist for an evaluation and appropriate treatment recommendations.