Root canal therapy is a dental operation that involves replacing the damaged or infected nerve (pulp) of a tooth with a filling. The pulp is comprised of specialized dental cells, blood vessels, tissue fibers, and nerve fibers. It is located in the central hollow region of the tooth. The process is also referred to as endodontic treatment.
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Causes of pulp infection or inflammation
- Breakdown of a filling or crown
- A deep cavity
- Gum disease
- Crack or chip in the tooth
- Extreme wear or erosion
- Extensive dental work on the tooth
Signs and symptoms of pulp infection or inflammation
- Unprovoked or spontaneous pain
- Sensitivity to hot and cold drinks and foods
- Pain when biting or chewing
- Loosening of the tooth
- Swelling of the gum near the affected tooth
- Pus drainage that may resemble a “pimple” on the gums.
- Facial swelling