A root canal treatment involves removing the diseased pulp to stop the spread of infection.

Dental pulp is the soft tissue found at the center of the tooth. It contains the nerve and blood vessels. When a tooth is damaged, bacteria can infiltrate the pulp. An infection then develops.

Causes of an infection

  • Deep cavity
  • Trauma
  • Cracked tooth
  • Broken or worn filling

Symptoms of an infection

  • Swelling
  • Pain when chewing
  • Sensitivity to cold for long duration
  • Spontaneous pain
  • Throbbing pain

If the infection spreads, extraction of the tooth might become necessary. This is why the infected pulp has to be removed by a root canal treatment.

The treatment prevents the formation of abscesses and promotes healing. The tooth can then be preserved.

Under local anaesthesia, the dentist creates a small opening in the tooth to reach the canal where the damaged pulp is located. He then removes it. If you feel any symptoms of an infected pulp, please consult our dentists today.

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