Root Canal Treatment
Endodontics” (“endo” – inside, “dont” – tooth) is a set of specialized procedures designed to treat problems of the soft pulp (nerve) tissue inside the tooth. You may think that a root canal is painful, or one of the worst dental treatments you could ever need – but this is simply an untrue, preconceived notion. It’s actually one of the most effective ways of relieving some kinds of tooth pain, and can be no more uncomfortable than getting a filling.
Root canals become necessary when infection or inflammation develops in the pulp tissue of the tooth. Pulp consists of blood vessels, connective tissue and nerve cells — which is the reason for intense pain when it becomes inflamed. Without treatment, the pain may subside over time, but the infection won’t. It can lead to a dental abscess, and may even contribute to systemic problems in other parts of the body.