Endodontic treatment (also known as Root Canal Treatment) treats the canals inside of the tooth and is necessary when the pulp becomes inflamed or infected. The inflammation or infection can be the result of deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, faulty crowns, or a crack or chip within the tooth. In addition, trauma to a tooth may cause pulp damage even if the tooth has no visible damage. If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause pain or the formation of an abscess.
During root canal treatment, the pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is carefully cleaned and disinfected, the tooth then gets filled. After filling, the tooth continues to function like any other tooth. Contrary to popular belief root canal treatment procedures are not normally painful and you can expect a comfortable experience during and after your appointment.
Root canal treatment has evolved rapidly during the past decades and the success rate has become very high. However, not every tooth is suitable for the procedure. If a tooth can’t be restored due to loss of a large portion of the tooth structure, then root canal treatment is not recommended.