What is a root canal?
A root canal treatment addresses infection in the “pulp” of the tooth, the softer inner portion, where the blood vessels and nerves of the tooth are located. Unfortunately, this pulp of the tooth can be affected by a bacterial infection. This may occur due to a cavity creating an access point through which bacteria enters, or due to a break or chip in a tooth, or a cracked or damaged older filling.
Once the infection enters the pulp, several symptoms appear, including a throbbing toothache, fever, swelling, or worse. A root canal treats this dangerous health condition and could save the tooth, so it doesn’t need to be extracted. The infected inner area is carefully removed, replaced with a special dental material, and in most cases, a custom dental crown placed over the tooth to maintain integrity and strength.