Root Canal Treatment
Root canal treatment (also referred to as root canal therapy or endodontic treatment) is necessary when the nerve of the tooth is traumatized by decay, previous deep restorations or a blow to the mouth. The nerve becomes infected which extends through the root tip and continues to destroy the surrounding bone. Symptoms that the pulp has become infected may include sensitivity to hot/cold, pain, swelling, pain to biting or pressure, and a bad taste in the mouth. The treatment is to clean out the infected nerve and disinfect the canals of the tooth. Once the infection is resolved, the canals are filled with an inert dental material to prevent further infection.