A root canal is an endodontic treatment used to remove an infection from the tooth pulp. This treatment is used to preserve a tooth that would otherwise need extraction.
Bacteria in the mouth can cause infection to soft tissue, or pulp, inside your tooth. People often become aware of this infection when they experience pain during eating and drinking or when a permanent tooth becomes loose. An X-ray is used to determine whether a root canal is needed. The symptoms you should look for are tooth discoloration, gum or face swelling, pus drainage, and / or intense pain.
Your endodontist will begin the root canal by administering an anesthetic and cleaning the area. Then, the decay is removed to access the pulp, as well as making sure any bacteria is removed. Next, they fit a temporary crown before restoring your tooth with resin post-treatment.
Some important things to keep in mind: