Endodontic treatment is necessary when the pulp becomes inflamed or infected. The inflammation or infection can have a variety of causes: deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, or a crack or chip in the tooth. In addition, a blow to a tooth may cause pulp damage even if the tooth has no visible chips or cracks. If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause pain or lead to an abscess.
Signs of pulp damage include pain, prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold, discoloration of the tooth, swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums. Sometimes, there are no symptoms.
When the infected pulp is not removed, pain and swelling can result. Certain byproducts of the infection can injure your jaw. Without treatment, your tooth may have to be removed.
Treatment often involves from one to three visits. Here's how your tooth is saved through treatment:
Your restored tooth could last a lifetime, if you continue to care for your teeth and gums. However, regular checkups are necessary. As long as the root of a treated tooth is nourished by the tissues around it, your tooth will remain healthy.
The temporary filling is removed and the pulp chamber and root canal are cleaned and filled.
In the final step, a gold or porcelain crown is usually placed over the tooth.
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