Sometimes teeth that have been damaged by deep decay or become broken or infected can only be saved through root canal treatment.
Also known as endodontic therapy, a root canal treatment is a procedure that’s used to treat an infection inside the tooth.
The underlying infection is caused by the bacteria that live in your mouth naturally, and which are responsible for causing cavities.
Infected root canals can be very painful and patients often experience a high level of sensitivity, even when they’re not eating or drinking. In extreme cases, the infection can cause an abscess and your face can become swollen. That’s why it’s important to get treatment from a qualified professional as soon as possible.
Root Canal Procedure
Although most people shudder at the thought of having a root canal, the truth is that with careful treatment and a skilled dentist undertaking the procedure, you should feel very little pain during the process. In most cases, patients should feel nothing more than a bit of pressure – similar to what you would experience when getting a filling.