Endodontic indicates the inner part of the tooth which is located in the dental pulp¹ If the pulp becomes diseased, the tooth needs to be treated, which is termed as a root canal.
A root canal refers to the inner hollow of a tooth that contains the dental pulp and the sensory nerves of the tooth.³ A root canal procedure is done on a tooth that the pulp has decayed or is diseased so the tooth can be saved.³ The treatment removes the pulp and the nerves, and is filled with a filling materials and then the tooth is crowned.† The tooth is now healthy & able to be used without pain since the nerves are not necessary to use the tooth.
There are several indications that a root canal treatment is needed. The signs are: pain, extreme sensitivity of hot and cold, painful when touched or painful while chewing. Swelling and drain around the bone and tissues.
There will be numbness in the gums and lips for several hours after the treatment. After the numbness is relieved, there may be pain and sensitivity for a few days that can be treated with pain medication.♣ The tooth will feel different than the other teeth and may need repaired in future visits because the tooth is weaker than a regular, healthy tooth.