Root Canal Treatment
Root canal treatment, also referred to as root canal therapy or endodontic therapy, is a dental restoration technique made necessary when a cavity is allowed to reach all the way to the pulp. Regular cleanings and checkups may prevent problems such as this allowing for earl detection. However, sometimes deep dental restorations or trauma to a tooth may cause the nerve to be damaged to the point it needs root canal therapy. Once this occurs, the pulp becomes infected, and can even extend through the root tip. At this point, it begins to eat away at the surrounding bone (this is an abscess). By the time the pulp is infected it must be treated and cannot heal on its own. This can even weaken your entire immune system which is dangerous, not to mention, very painful. Symptoms that the pulp has become infected may include sensitivity to hot/cold, sweets, pain, swelling, pain when biting, pain when with pressure, and a bad taste in the mouth. Sometimes, no symptoms are apparent and the person is unaware of any problem until a checkup, however, this is very rare.