Endodontic treatment, also known as a root canal, is essentially treating the inside of a tooth. Root canal treatments are needed when decay or a crack extends all the way to the chamber within each tooth that houses the nerves, blood supply and connective tissue. If left untreated the infection can spread to the surrounding bone and form an abcess. This can actually be lethal if spread to the brain via the cavernous sinus in cases involving upper teeth, or the throat causing difficulty breathing in case involving lower teeth. It is advisable to take care of these kind of problems without delay.
The main symptoms to look out for in determining if you need a root canal is hot or cold sensitivity, throbbing, swelling and discoloration of the tooth.
Dr. Sahota can treat the inflamed or infected nerve. The contents of the pulp chamber and root canals are removed and disinfected, followed by sealing at restoring the tooth back to proper function and aesthetics. This procedure is painless and antibiotics may or may not be indicated.