Root canal therapy offers patients a long-term solution to issues such as tooth infections and tooth decay. By learning about when root canal therapy may be the best treatment option, you can feel more comfortable about the treatment and understand what to expect throughout the process.
When to consider root canal therapy
Many dentists will look for the least invasive treatment option possible for patients. However, there are times when root canal therapy is necessary to save a tooth from becoming lost and to prevent an oral infection from spreading. Several signs that suggest root canal therapy is necessary include severe tooth decay, a tooth infection and a severe toothache.
Severe tooth decay
Two common reasons that patients need root canal therapy is to treat severe decay. Minor decay can often be treated through a dental filling. However, tooth decay that is more severe or extends deeper into the tooth or toward the root of the tooth often requires root canal therapy. During the procedure, the dentist will remove any infected dental pulp in the root of the tooth and fill the entire cavity with gutta-percha, a safe and effective dental material.
A tooth infection is also a common reason for root canal therapy. A tooth infection often develops after a crack, chip or decay damages the root of the tooth. This allows bacteria to enter into the root and affect the pulp inside of the pulp chamber. Dentists may see if other less invasive treatments are possible before recommending root canal therapy. Root canal therapy can remove the infected tooth pulp inside of the root and replace it with a healthy substitute material before finally sealing the tooth and covering it with a dental crown.
The tooth is in jeopardy
Any time that a tooth is in jeopardy of becoming lost due to excessive tooth decay or a tooth infection, the dentist may recommend root canal therapy to save the tooth. Signs that a tooth is in jeopardy of falling out include severe tooth pain, tooth sensitivity, excessive gum swelling and a numb feeling of the tooth. Of course, symptoms such as a loose tooth are also serious and require a trip to the dentist to learn about available treatment options.
Toothache and sensitivity
A toothache and tooth sensitivity are two signs that the tooth is at risk of becoming lost. Of course, not all instances of a toothache and tooth sensitivity require treatment, but they are certainly signs that should not be ignored and may indicate that root canal therapy is needed.
Find out more about root canal therapy today
We help our patients through the entire root canal therapy process, from the consultation visit to ensuring that the aftercare process goes smoothly. If you would like to learn more about root canal therapy, give us a call or send us an email today. We are glad to answer your questions and arrange a time for you to visit with us during a consultation.
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