Explanation of a Root Canal
Your tooth consists of 2 main parts:
1) The crown which is above the gums and visible to your eye and
2) the root or roots which are beneath the gums and contain a long chanel of soft tissue called the pulp or “nerve”. This contains arteries,veins and nerves.
Endodontic treatment (root canal) becomes necessary when the pulp becomes inflamed or infected.
Signs or pulp damage include pain, prolonged sensitivity to cold or hot, tooth discoloration and swelling. Sometimes there will be no symptoms at all. Endodontic treatment entails removing the deseased tissue, cleaning the space and placing a cement in the root canal system.
It is imperative that you return to your general dentist to complete treatment which will consist of a crown or filling. Your general dentist is most capable to determine your final restorative needs.
For more information, click on this link to visit the American Association of Endodontics Website.