Root Canal Treatment
Removal used to be the only option for a tooth that had a diseased or injured pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth). Now, root canal therapy is the treatment of choice to cure such infections and save the tooth. By preserving the tooth, root canal therapy can prevent the problems that extraction (removing the tooth) can cause to adjacent teeth. This will help you better maintain your dental health and can save you money in the long run.
Modern root canal therapy can usually be performed with little to no discomfort. By removing inflamed or damaged tissue, a root canal procedure can put an end to pain and help prevent serious complications such as jaw infections.
During a root canal procedure, the pulp and nerves of the tooth are removed, as well as bacteria and any decay. The resulting cavity is sealed off with material that prevents bacteria from reentering the tooth. This procedure is sometimes referred to as a “pulpectomy.”
Root canal therapy is highly successful and usually lasts for the life of the tooth, although additional treatment is sometimes (though rarely) necessary.
Indications that root canal therapy may be necessary:
- Severe toothache.
- An abscess (or pimple) on the gums.
- Tooth sensitivity to hot and cold.
- Gum swelling and/or tenderness.
Reasons for root canal therapy:
- Decay is affecting the tooth’s pulp.
- An abscess or infection has developed at the root tip or inside the tooth.
- Injury or trauma has caused the pulp to die, risking infection.