Root canal treatment, or endodontic treatment, is needed when a tooth’s nerve becomes infected, inflamed or begins to die.
What causes this inflammation or infection?
An infected, inflamed or dying nerve can be caused by multiple factors, including:
- A deep or large cavity, filling
- The breakdown of a crown
- Chips or cracks on tooth surfaces
- Accidents, traumas or injuries to teeth
- Gum disease
- Extensive wear-and-tear
The following symptoms may indicate that you need root canal treatment:
- Significant sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures or pain with biting
- Swelling or pain in the gums around a tooth
- Tooth discolouration
Root canal treatment will usually take two to three visits so that the inside of the infected tooth can be properly cleaned, shaped and filled once the nerve is removed. A filling is placed on top of your natural tooth to make it functional and comfortable.
A crown is always recommended after a tooth has undergone root canal treatment. After a root canal the tooth becomes weakened and brittle because the nerve is removed. A crown will protect your tooth. It is usually recommended to place the crown three to six months after your root canal treatment, just to be sure that the tooth has settled first.
If you suffer from any of the symptoms above, please call our office to book your consultation.