Root Canal Therapy 

Root Canal Therapy is needed when the nerve of a tooth is affected by decay or infection. In order to save the tooth, infected nerves, bacteria, and any tooth decay are removed. The area is then filled with medicated dental materials to restore the tooth to its full function.

Root canal therapy is the treatment of choice to save a tooth that otherwise would die and have to be removed. Many patients believe that removing a tooth that has problems is the solution, but what is not realized is that extracting (pulling) a tooth will ultimately be more costly and cause significant problems for adjacent teeth.

Root canal treatment is highly successful and usually lasts a lifetime, although on occasion, a tooth may have to be retreated due to new infections.

Signs and symptoms for Possible Root Canal Therapy

  • An abscess (pimple) on the gums
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold
  • Severe toothache pain
  • Swelling and/or tenderness
  • Sometimes no symptoms are present, although X-Ray indicates decay or infection.

Reasons for Root Canal Therapy

  • Decay has reached the tooth nerve.
  • Infection or abscess has developed inside the tooth or at the root tip.
  • Injury or trauma to the tooth

What does Root Canal Therapy involve?

A root canal procedure requires one or more appointments and can be performed by a general family dentist or an endodontist (root canal specialist).

While the tooth is numb it is isolated to keep it dry and free of saliva. An opening is made on top of the tooth and small files are used to remove the decayed nerve tissue and bacteria. If tooth decay is present, it will also be removed.

Once the tooth is thoroughly cleaned, it will be sealed with either a permanent filling or, if additional appointments are needed, a temporary filling will be placed.

At the next appointment, usually a week later, the roots and the inside cavity of the tooth are filled and sealed. A filling is then placed to cover the opening on top of the tooth.

Teeth that have root canal treatment should have a cap (crown) placed to protect the tooth, prevent it from breaking, and restore it to its full function.

After treatment your tooth may still be sensitive, however, this will subside as the inflammation diminishes and the tooth has healed.

You will be given care instructions after each appointment.

Good oral hygiene practices and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your root canal treatment.

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