Root Canal Therapy
What is root canal therapy?
Root canal therapy is a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes infected. Without treatment, the tissue surrounding the tooth will become infected. In order to save the tooth, the living tissue inside the tooth (the pulp), nerves, bacteria, and any decay are removed. The space left over is filled with medicated material which restore the tooth to its normal function.
What if I just have the tooth removed without replacement?
Some patients believe that removing the tooth without replacement is the best solution. If you only extract the tooth the procedure might be more costly and cause significant problems for adjacent teeth.
Root canal treatment is highly successful and usually lasts a lifetime!
Signs and symptoms for possible root canal therapy:
- An abscess on the gums
- Sensitivity to hot and cold
- Severe pain in the mouth
- Swelling and/or tenderness.
* It is important to note that sometimes signs are not present.
Reasons for root canal therapy:
- Decay has reached the living tissue inside of the tooth
- Infection or abscess has developed
- The tooth has been impacted by injury or trauma