If a root canal specialist recommends endodontic treatment, it is probably the only solution to avoid extraction and save your tooth. Typically, if you need root canal treatment, your tooth has become severely inflamed or infected. In addition to preserving the affected tooth, endodontic treatment can help alleviate symptoms such as pain and swelling, and help prevent future infection.
Root canal therapy serves to remove all the damaged soft tissue inside of your tooth. The affected tissue is called the pulp, and it consists of vessels, connective tissue, and nerves. The pulp tissue is contained inside a space within the tooth called the root canal.
A root canal specialist removes the inflamed and infected tissue from the pulp chamber, and fills the empty root canal with a permanent root filling. Your tooth is then restored and stabilized with a dental crown.
Common reasons for root canal therapy or other endodontic treatment include:
Without root canal treatment, severe infection could spread to surrounding facial bones, sinus cavities, and even the brain. Serious tooth infections that go untreated can eventually be life-threatening. With an endodontic root canal procedure, you can eliminate pain and infection, and preserve your natural tooth.