Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatment, also known as endodontic treatment, is the process of removing infected, injured, or dead pulp from your tooth.  Successful root canal treatment lets you keep the tooth rather than having to pull it out.  Many millions of teeth each year are saved from extraction by having root canal treatment.

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When bacteria (germs) enter your tooth through deep cavities, cracks, leaking fillings, trauma, gum disease, or wear, your tooth can develop an abscess.

An abscessed tooth is a tooth with an infection in the pulp.  If pulp becomes infected, the pulp and bacteria need to be removed.An abscess may cause pain and swelling.  Your dentist may notice the infection from a dental x-ray or from other changes within the tooth.  If left untreated, an abscessed tooth can cause serious oral health problems.  If the tooth does not have endodontic treatment, it will have to be extracted.

Your dental professional at Greenway Dental will be able to discuss root canal treatment, and advise whether it is right for you.