Endodontic therapy, also known as a root canal, is a procedure to remove diseased or necrotic tissue from the tooth, to clear the infection as well as protect the tooth from subsequent infections. In our office, we will do everything in our power to make this a painless procedure.
When a tooth is cracked or has a deep cavity, bacteria can enter the pulp tissue and germs can cause an infection inside the tooth. If left untreated, an abscess may form.
If the infected tissue is not removed, pain and swelling can result. This can not only injure your jawbone, but is detrimental to your overall health as well. Without the proper treatment, your tooth may have to be removed.
Teeth that require endodontic therapy do not always display pain. Signs you may need a root canal may include:
- Prolonged sensitivity to cold or heat
- Pain upon chewing or application of pressure
- Sinus tract (bump/pimple on your gums)
- Periapical lesion (dark spot on your X-ray)
- Dark discoloration of the tooth
- Swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums
What happens during endodontic therapy?
Approximately 98% of the time, root canal treatment is completed during only one visit in which an endodontist removes the diseased or necrotic tissue within your tooth. After the tissue is removed, the interior of the tooth will be cleaned and sealed.
Finally, the tooth is filled with a temporary filling and you will need to return to your dentist within four weeks for a permanent restoration. It is recommened for bicuspid and molar teeth to have a crown placed to strengthen and protect the tooth from breaking.
As long as you continue to care for your teeth and gums with regular brushing, flossing, and checkups, your restored tooth can last a lifetime.
Most teeth can be saved by endodontic therapy; however, tooth extraction may be necessary if:
- Roots are severely fractured
- The tooth does not have adequate bone support
- The tooth cannot be restored
- Root canals are not accessible
Endodontic therapy is intended to help save your tooth from extraction. Missing teeth can make you self-conscious, affect your ability to bite and chew, cause other healthy teeth to shift, and have a negative impact on your overall health.
By choosing to receive endodontic therapy, you are choosing to keep your smile healthy and beautiful for years to come.
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Thank you for making me smile again. I put off having a root canal done as I was too scared! Well, the procedure was easier than having a cavity filled and I can now chew on that side again! Thanks for everything.
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