Endodontic treatment, a.k.a root canal therapy is the removal of the pulp of the tooth (the nerve, blood vessels, and connective tissue) in order to alleviate pain and arrest the disease process.

This treatment is often needed when the pulp tissue becomes inflamed or infected due to deep decay, multiple dental procedures on the tooth, a crack or chip in the tooth or physical trauma. If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause pain, lead to an abscess or even worse cause permanent discoloration of the tooth.


Signs that a root canal may be needed may include pain, prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold, discoloration, swelling and tenderness of the gum tissue around the tooth.