Root canal treatment, also known as endodontic treatment, is a dental procedure that is performed to save a tooth that has become infected or inflamed in the pulp. The pulp is the soft tissue inside the tooth that contains nerves and blood vessels.
During a root canal treatment, the dentist will remove the infected or inflamed pulp and clean the inside of the tooth. The tooth is then filled with a special material and sealed to prevent further infection.
Root canal treatment may be necessary if you are experiencing symptoms such as severe toothache, swelling, sensitivity to hot or cold, or a persistent bad taste in your mouth. If left untreated, a tooth infection can spread to other parts of the body and cause serious health problems.
The root canal procedure is typically done under local anaesthesia, which means that you will not feel any pain during the procedure. After the treatment, you may experience some discomfort or sensitivity, but this can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication and usually goes away within a few days.
Overall, root canal treatment is a safe and effective way to save a tooth that would otherwise need to be extracted. If you are experiencing tooth pain or other symptoms, talk to your dentist about whether a root canal treatment may be necessary for you.