Root canal therapy is a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that has been infected due to a deep cavity or cracked tooth. The treatment involves removing the pulp and the nerves of your tooth, and cleaning the infected area. If the treatment is not performed, bacteria builds up at the root tip and the infection of the pulp can spread to the surrounding bone. This can lead to pain and swelling, and your tooth would likely have to be removed.
What are the signs that a root canal is needed?
What does the treatment involve?
First, an opening is made into the pulp chamber through the crown of the tooth. Once the pulp is removed, the root canal is thoroughly cleaned. If your dentist decides to complete the root canal therapy in multiple visits, a temporary filling will be placed to protect the tooth. When you return, the dentist will remove the temporary filling, re-clean the root canal and pulp chamber, and place a permanent filling and/or crown over the tooth.
Root canal therapy has a high rate of success and many teeth undergoing the procedure can be saved to last a lifetime. Additionally, the crown or filling placed at the completion of the procedure, makes it so others don’t even notice you had the treatment!
Contact our office today to learn more about how Root Canal Therapy can restore your natural, beautiful smile!