Will root canal therapy save my tooth?
Posted on: Thursday, February 15th, 2018
Has your dentist recommended root canal therapy? If so, it is important that you act quickly. Receiving timely treatment can increase the odds of saving your tooth. Root canal treatment is an endodontic procedure, which means that the inside of a tooth is treated. Candidates for endodontic therapy can prevent the need for extraction and/or the development of an abscess.
What is the root canal?
The root canal is a part of a tooth’s anatomy. Inside the tooth is a hollow chamber-like area that contains dental pulp (cellular material) and nerve endings. Root canals of healthy teeth are protected from debris and bacteria. The root canal, however, can become infected when exposed to bacteria or debris. This normally occurs when a cavity reaches the root canal or if the tooth is chipped/cracked. While the root canal is a vital part of tooth development, people can enjoy comfortable oral function without the contents of their root canals.
What happens during root canal therapy?
Root canal therapy is not an overly invasive procedure. In fact, most patients compare their experience to receiving a filling. While our patients relax in our plush examination chairs, our dentist will administer anesthetic medication at the treatment site. Once the area is numbed, the root canal will be accessed with tiny tools and its contents will be removed. At this point, the root canal is irrigated and sealed with a rubber-like compound. This will protect the tooth’s structural integrity and prevent debris or bacteria reaching the root canal in the future.
After treatment is complete, patients return home to rest. Most people resume normal activities like work or school the following day.
Will I need a dental crown?
Whether you need a dental crown depends on your situation. Some patients do require dental crowns to protect external tooth structure after a root canal but others may not. If you are curious about your treatment options, be sure to speak with a member of our team.
Call us at Beautiful Dentistry today to schedule an appointment.