Treat an unhealthy tooth in order to maintain the tooth
Why Root Canal Therapy?
- Tooth that has decayed or fractured deep into the nerve
- Worsening pain from contact with hot or cold liquids
- Pain when biting down or pushing on a tooth
- Pain that is constant, throbbing and/or aching
- Swollen gum area, side of face, or bad taste in mouth
- A pimple on the gum that releases pus or blood
- Radiating pain from one area of the mouth to another
- Loss of sleep due to pain in a tooth
What is Root Canal Therapy?
Inside each tooth is a canal(s) that contains the pulp (nerve and blood supply) for the tooth. When the pulp becomes infected due to decay or injury, it must be removed from the canals of each root. If left untreated, an abscess can form and severe pain and swelling can occur. Once the infected pulp is removed and the infection eliminated, the canals are filled with an inert, medicated material to seal it and prevent the return of the infection.
All back teeth and some front teeth that have had root canal therapy must be protected with a crown. The crown in needed because removal of the pulp in teeth cause that tooth to become brittle and more susceptible to fracture. The crown protects and strengthens the susceptible tooth and prevents fracture.
The benefits of Root Canal Therapy:
Root canal therapy is the only treatment that can save a tooth that would otherwise die and need to be removed. Root canal therapy also gets rid of the pain and infection in the tooth that can be caused by large cavities, injury or trauma to the tooth. Over 90% of root canals are successful and enable the tooth to be retained indefinitely.
Are there other treatment options?
The only real alternative is to remove the tooth. However, this typically will require a bridge or dental implant to replace the missing tooth. These solutions will ultimately cost more than the root canal therapy and will usually not attain the results possible by keeping the natural tooth.