Root Canal Therapy
A root canal is the most commonly used endodontic treatment for curing the results of a deep cavity or cracked tooth. The procedure typically includes removing infected pulp tissue from a tooth and then re-sealing the nerve canal inside. By performing this procedure, the structure of the tooth remains intact, while the infection is eradicated.
If a root canal is not sought after as a form of therapy, bacteria can build up at the root's tip and the infection of the pulp can spread to surrounding bone. Incredible pain and swelling can be the result of this spreading, eventually leading to the likelihood of the tooth being removed.
What are the signs that a root canal is needed?
Severe tooth pain while chewing
Your tooth pain wakes you up at night
Teeth that are highly sensitive to hot or cold, with the sensitivity lingering for some time.
Discoloration or darkening of the tooth
Swollen gums in the area of the infected tooth
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 the 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.
With a high success rate, root canals are a standard practice that can help save your tooth and last a lifetime. If you suffer from any of the above symptoms and believe you may be in need of a root canal, do not hesitate to make an appointment with Pema Dental Center today.