Endodontic Therapy

Although endodontic therapy may seem scary to most patients, there are three main reasons for it: to stop toothache, to prevent bacteria and pain from spreading to the jaw, and to preserve the original tooth rather than replacing it with a denture or bridge.

The root canal is a channel filled with pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth made up of blood vessels, nerves and complex cells) that runs from the tooth’s root up to its top surface. A crack or decay in the tooth allows bacteria to get to the pulp, which irritates it and causes it to inflame. This inflammation of the pulp tissue decreases blood flow and creates pressure inside your tooth, causing pain.