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Root canal: don’t let those two words frighten you. The procedure is much-maligned, but in actuality, it often does not feel any different than having a cavity filled.
A root canal is considered endodontic treatment—treatment of the inside of the tooth. The inside of your tooth isn’t solid. It’s made of soft tissue called pulp. When you have a deep cavity, a cracked tooth or a chipped tooth, the pulp can become infected.
Symptoms of an infected pulp include:
- Prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold
- Swollen lymph nodes
It’s also important to remember that sometimes, there are no symptoms.
During a root canal, the infected tissue is removed and the dentist fills the root canal with a rubber-like material called “gutta-percha.” A crown is then placed over the tooth to protect it.