An endodontic treatment, also known as a root canal, becomes necessary when a tooth is infected. The pulp can become swollen due to a major cavity, crack or trauma. If the infection is not treated quickly, it can lead to an abscess and cause a lot of pain.

The procedure is very common. And contrary to what many people think, it’s easy and relatively painless. During a root canal, the infected pulp is removed from within the tooth’s canals. The canals are then cleaned and sterilized before being filled and sealed.

It’s important to treat an infected tooth quickly. This will prevent further complications, such as an abscess or tooth extraction. A nonvital tooth can still perform its basic functions, like preserving your jawbone, keeping other teeth in place, and helping you chew.

Contact us today if you experience pain, sensitivity to heat or cold, or if you notice any swelling. After the exam, we’ll recommend the best treatment plan for you.