Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy is necessary when the nerve of the tooth is affected by decay or infection. In this case to save the tooth, the nerves, bacteria, decay, and the living tissue inside the tooth also known as the pulp are removed. Then the space is filled with medicated, dental materials, which restore the tooth to its full function.
Having a root canal, is a choice to save your tooth that otherwise would die and have to be removed. You may think that removing a tooth would serve as a solution, but in reality extracting a tooth will ultimately cause problem to the adjacent teeth and will be more costly. This treatment is highly successful and last a lifetime, although at times will have to be retreated due to new infections.
This procedure may require a couple appointments. During your visit, your tooth will be numb and a rubber dam will be placed around the tooth to keep it free of saliva and dry. After the access opening is made on the top surface of the tooth, a series of root canal files are placed into the opening. This allows for pulp, nerve tissue, bacteria, and decay to be removed. Then the tooth will be thoroughly cleaned and sealed with a permanent or temporary filling if additional appointment is needed. Tooth may be sensitive after treatment, but it will subside once tooth is healed and inflammation has diminished. Scheduling regular dental visits and good oral hygiene will help in the life of your root canal treatment.
Signs and symptoms for possible root canal therapy:
•Sensitivity to hot or cold
•Sometimes no symptoms are present
•Swelling and/or tenderness
•An abscess (or pimple) on the gum
•Severe toothache pain
Reasons for root canal therapy:
•Infection or abscess have developed inside the tooth or at the root tip.
•Decay has reached the tooth pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth)
•Injury or trauma to the tooth.