Endodontic Dental Procedure (Root Canal)

Endodontic treatment is another name for a root canal.  It’s the treatment a dentist uses to clean infection from the inside of the tooth and prevent future infections.  (The word endodontic comes from the Greek words meaning “inside” and “tooth”).

When a tooth has a deep cavity or is cracked, bacteria can get into the pulp tissue located inside the tooth. These germs can cause infection and if left untreated, a collection of pus may form causing pain and swelling.  Not only can this injure the jawbone and adversely affect your overall health, the infection can also result in the tooth having to be removed.

Here are some signs you may need endodontic treatment (a root canal):

  •  Severe toothache
  • Dark discoloration of the tooth
  • Prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold
  • Tenderness and swelling in the gum area
  • Pain when chewing or biting down on food

Note: When the roots are severely fractured, the root canals cannot be accessed, or the tooth has insufficient bone support, the tooth may be past endodontic restoration.

Having an endodontic treatment or root canal when it’s possible can save a tooth from extraction.  Missing teeth can affect your ability to bite and chew, negatively affect your overall health, and can make you self-conscious.

An endodontic procedure involves several visits to the dentist.  First, the affected tissue is removed from inside the tooth and down around the roots.  The interior of the tooth is then cleaned and sealed.  The next step is to fill the tooth with dental restoration.  In the case of extensive decay, your dentist will probably place a “crown” on the tooth for strength and protection.

Cared for properly, a tooth restored with endodontic treatment can help keep that smile beautiful and bright and can last a lifetime.

 If you experience any of these, contact our dental office and make an appointment.  We are here to help: (703) 318-8200