Root Canal Treatment
Endodontic (Root Canal) Therapy
Root canal treatment is a dental procedure that can save a tooth as opposed to extraction when it is infected.
A nerve is found inside each tooth. It provides and sensation to the tooth. It runs down the root of each tooth like a thread. The nerve’s surrounding tissue can become damaged or diseased. Sometimes, the nerve’s deterioration is so gradual that no pain is felt. Sometimes it can be excruciating. The tooth can become infected if it isn’t removed.
- Trauma – Such as a physical blow to a tooth or constant striking of a tooth in the opposite jaw
- Physical irritation – Caused by deep decay or an extensive filling
- Severe gum disease
The dentist/endodontist will replace the damaged or diseased root pulp with inert fillers. A crown or small filling can be used to restore the visible part of the tooth. This final filling or crown should be done as soon as possible after root canal treatment is complete.
Root canal treatment can usually be completed in just one to two appointments. Our caring staff will make sure that you feel as comfortable as possible during, after, and before the procedure. A prompt root canal can save a tooth from being completely lost.
Prevention and Early Detection
Maintaining good oral health is the best way to prevent tooth decay. Also, treat any issues as they occur. The tooth pulp can be saved by regular dental visits and prompt treatment for cavities. Sometimes, a cavity can progress quickly and spread to the pulp. The signs and symptoms of pulp distress include prolonged hot or cold sensitivity, sudden dull ache, or discomfort when chewing. You should report this type of distress immediately to our office if you have these dental issues.