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Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy is 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 the tooth, and cleaning the infected area. A tooth's pulp and nerve is not important to a tooth's health and function after the tooth has fully emerged from the gums. If the treatment is not performed, pus can build up at the root tip and the infection of the pulp can spread to the surrounding bone as well as the rest of the patient's body. This results in pain and swelling, and your tooth may have to be removed to eliminate the infection.

What are the signs that a root canal is needed?
  • Severe throbbing 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 hollow center of the tooth through the top of the tooth.. Once the infected soft pulp tissue is removed, the openings down the roots are thoroughly cleaned. If the dentist decides to complete the root canal therapy in multiple visits, a temporary medicated filling will be placed to protect the tooth. When you return, the dentist will remove the temporary filling, re-clean the root canals and pulp chamber, and place a  filling material inside the canals.  The top of the tooth will be sealed with a temporary filling and the area around the roota will be given time to heal.  When healing is complete, the tooth will be restored with a final restoration.

Root canal therapy has a high rate of success any 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 hard to notice by others that you had the treatment.