Root canal treatment (also referred to as root canal therapy or endodontic therapy) is necessary when a cavity violates the dental pulp, or nerve. Deep restorations or trauma to a tooth that  cause the nerve to be damaged may also result in the need for root canal therapy. By the time the pulp is infected it must be treated, and cannot heal on its own. Symptoms that the pulp has become infected may include sensitivity to hot/cold or sweets, pain, swelling, pain to biting or pressure, and a bad taste in the mouth. Sometimes, however, no symptoms are apparent, and the person is unaware of any problem until a checkup.

“Root canal” is the term used to describe the natural cavity within the center of the tooth. The pulp is the soft tissue that contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues. It lies within the tooth and extends from the crown of the tooth to the tip of the root in the bone of the jaws. During a root canal procedure, the pulp is accessed and removed, the canal space is shaped, and it is filled with a biocompatible material called Gutta Percha. A final restoration is necessary after the completion of the root canal to help protect the tooth from further infection or trauma. 

At The Hamptons Dentist, a root canal is a relatively simple, routine procedure, with little or no patient discomfort.