“Root canal” is the term that is used to describe the natural cavity within the center of the tooth, where the tooth’s nerve lies. The soft area within the root canal is called the pulp or pulp chamber.
“Root canal” is also a reference to the procedure in which the nerve and pulp are removed from the inside of the tooth, which is then cleaned and sealed. This procedure—also known as root canal therapy—is performed to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes infected, preventing the tissue surrounding the tooth from becoming infected and forming abscesses.
Symptoms that may mean you need a root canal include:
Root canal pain can be caused by tooth decay that has penetrated through the layers of the tooth to reach the root canal, cracks or chips in the tooth, or repeated dental procedures in the same area, leaving it susceptible to tooth decay.
Not all types of teeth pain indicate the need for a root canal, but if the pain is severe, a consultation with your dentist at Harmony Dental is advised.
The primary goal is for you to keep as many of your natural teeth as possible. Therefore, an endodontist will treat and restore the infected tooth to save it, thus allowing you to maintain your natural smile and continue eating the food you most enjoy without the need for bridges or dental implants. Root canal therapy has a 95% success rate, with many treated teeth lasting a lifetime.