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A tooth that becomes sensitive to hot or cold food or beverages or hurts when biting down may indicate an infected tooth. A tooth that becomes discolored or that causes the gums to swell around a tooth may also indicate a dental infection. In some cases, a tooth will have no symptoms, but a dental exam and x-ray will reveal a tooth that requires root canal.
This is a procedure, also known as endodontic treatment involves the removal of pulp from a diseased or injured tooth. The pulp is the tooth's 'living tissue'. If the pulp of the tooth is diseased or injured, it cannot repair itself and will eventually die. The most common cause of pulp death is a cracked tooth or a deep cavity. In such cases, bacteria can enter the pulp, causing an infection inside the tooth. Pain and swelling will result, an abscess may form and the jaw bones may become injured.
After the pulp is removed and the inside of the roots shaped, the canal is dried with paper cones. The canal(s) are then The goal of the filling procedure is to hermetically seal off the tooth against bacteria.
Before root canal treatment was available, such teeth had to be removed however this procedure now allows them to be saved. Treatment can involve up to 3 visits to the dentist. However the restored tooth could last a lifetime, as long as you care for your teeth & gums.
Root canals are successful about 90% of the time when they are done properly. Teeth that have had root canal can become brittle and are susceptible to fracture. In most cases, it is advisable to have a crown (cap) placed over a tooth that has had root canal to rebuild and protect it.