Root Canal Treatment is one of the most common dental procedures performed, well over 14 million every year. This treatment can save your natural tooth, and often, is the preferable option to extraction.
At the center of your tooth is the "pulp." Pulp is a collection of blood vessels that help to build the surrounding tooth structure during tooth development. Inflammation or infection of the pulp tissue can be caused by trauma to the tooth, deep decay, cracks and chips, or repeated dental procedures. Common symptoms of an affected tooth can include sensitivity to hot or cold, swelling present in the surrounding gum tissue, or just pain or pressure coming from in or around the tooth.
Many patients believe that removing a tooth that has problems is the easiest solution, but what they often fail to realize is that extracting a tooth will most likely end up creating more problems. Among these problems are the shifting of adjacent teeth from their normal positions, and loss of jawbone localized around the extraction site.
Root canal treatment is highly successful and very often will last a lifetime, although on occasion, a tooth will have to be retreated due to new infections.
***Extensive further information on endodontics can be found at: American Association Of Endodontists -- Patient Information