Endodontics & Root Canals
When that dull aching tooth pain becomes an overnight searing nightmare, chances are it’s time to see your dentist for what’s commonly called root canal treatment.
A root canal is a dental procedure in which an endodontist or dentist drills a whole into the crown of your tooth, through the enamel, to access the tooth root and removed infected tissue known as “tooth pulp,” which includes nerve tissue and blood vessels. With the pulp removed and the passageway or “canal” left behind from the damaged tooth root and pulp chamber is filled with a type of latex dental sealant. Doing so prevents the risk of future bacterial re-infection.
Both general dentists and endodontists can perform most root canals, though some complex cases may require a referral.