When the nerve tissue inside of a tooth becomes infected or inflamed, root canal therapy is typically the best treatment solution. Through root canal therapy, we are able to save the outer portion of a natural tooth by removing the unhealthy tissue that is found on the inside of the tooth. This procedure is often the only treatment alternative for a tooth that would otherwise need to be permanently removed.
We believe that preserving a natural tooth is generally the best choice, since removing a tooth can ultimately lead to more costly and significant dental problems in the future.
When might root canal therapy be required? The following signs and symptoms could indicate the need for root canal therapy:
- A bump, pimple, or abscess on the gums
- Teeth that are sensitive to hot and cold temperatures
- A severe or acute toothache
- Swelling or inflammation around the jaws or teeth
- An abscess or lesion that has been detected on a dental x-ray
How is root canal therapy performed?
The root canal procedure may require one or more treatments by an endodontist or a general dentist.
The affected tooth will be numbed with a local anesthetic and the nerve tissue and any area of tooth decay will be gently removed through a small opening through the top of the tooth. Once the tissue has been removed, the space will be sterilized to eliminate bacteria and filled with a medicated dental material. The access opening will be permanently sealed and the tooth will be stabilized until a permanent crown can be prepared for the tooth.
The root canal procedure and the appropriate permanent restoration will prevent the tooth from breaking and fully restore its function.
Modern root canal therapy is performed with advanced technology and precision instrumentation. Local anesthetics and pain relievers enable is to perform the procedure in a manner that is comfortable and easily-tolerated by our patients. If you are experiencing any of the signs and symptoms listed above, please contact our office immediately to schedule a clinical consultation.