If the soft tissues, or pulp, inside the root canal area of a tooth become infected, the infected nerve, blood vessels, and tissue needs to be cleaned out. This is done through an endodontic treatment known as root canal therapy. Two treatments may be necessary, with a temporary filling placed after the first visit, and a permanent filling after the second, to protect and strengthen the treated area. This procedure can save the tooth and prevent infection from spreading further, which causes bone loss and other oral health issues.
The pulp tissue can become infected when bacteria is able to reach it through cavities or tooth cracks. Symptoms that suggest a root canal treatment may be necessary include a grey, black or brown colour to the tooth, severe tooth pain and sensitivity, and gums that are red and swollen. You may even notice pus or abscesses. See a dentist immediately if you notice these signs. At Toronto Smile Centre, we offer root canal treatment options to help our patients become pain free and save their teeth.