Root canal treatment is a treatment done to save the natural tooth. When the inside of the tooth is diseased or injured, the pulp tissue dies. If this tissue is not removed, the tooth gets infected and may cause pain. The procedure involves removing the diseased pulp, cleans the root canal (the inside chamber of the tooth), and seals it to protect it. Most of the time a root canal procedure can be done with little or no discomfort, in one to two visits.
Signs and symptoms of the possible need for a root canal may include a tooth that is discolored, broken, sensitive to cold/ heat or is experiencing severe pain when chewing or applying pressure.
We recommend an artificial crown after root canal treatment because it will help stop future infections and strengthen/stabilize the tooth. In most case, the tooth should last a lifetime if you regularly care for your teeth and gums.