Root canal treatment, also known as endodontic treatment is a procedure used to treat tooth with infection along the tooth pulp chamber and root canal. Removing the infected tissue, cleaning and disinfecting the pulp chamber and the root canal will help restore the tooth. The cause of infection is usually the development of decay inside the tooth, under a filling or in the fracture of a tooth. Without treatment, this can cause a dental abscess resulting in severe pain, swelling and infection of the jaw bone. If infection is not treated soon, this will progressively destroy the nerves of the tooth and damages the tooth permanently. Root canal treatment is usually the best option for someone whose pulp has become infected or damaged.
Post Treatment Care
- Wait for numbness to wear off before eating to make sure you don’t accidentally bite your cheek or tongue.
- Do not chew or bite on the newly treated tooth until it has fully recovered.
- Regularly brush and floss
- Immediately contact your dentist if you notice or feel any swelling or your bite in uneven, or the original symptoms of infection returns