Root canal therapy is required to save a tooth when decay, infection, or trauma affects a tooth’s nerve. The pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth), bacteria, and any decay are eliminated to save the tooth. The pulp chamber is thoroughly cleaned, and then it is filled with special medicated dental products to preserve the entire function of the tooth and avoid having to remove the tooth. Many people think that removing the tooth in pain is the only solution, but what is not considered is that removing a tooth can ultimately end up costing more, and can cause more issues to the surrounding teeth. The treatment cost of Root Canal Therapy is far more affordable in the long run and can save further treatment.
Root canal therapy has a very high success rate and can last for many years, although sometimes due to new infections, a tooth will have to be retreated.
Root canals are used on non-living teeth or teeth that are in the process of dying. The tooth may begin to disintegrate from the inside out once the nerve has suffered from infection or trauma. Root canal therapy protects the tooth so that it can be preserved for many more years, instead of having to remove it.
At Pathways Dental Clinic, we do our very best to keep you comfortable throughout your entire endodontic appointment. We also have sedation options available for relaxation, and to make you feel at ease. The injured pulp is first removed, and then the individual root canals are thoroughly rinsed and cleaned, and then filled and sealed. This usually involves a local anesthetic and may be completed in one or more visits, depending on how involved the treatment is.
Once the root canal is completed, the tooth’s structure and strength will have been compromised. To prevent the tooth from cracking, a crown will be placed. The crown acts like a “helmet” for your tooth, holding everything tight, and prevents the tooth from flexing and bending, which could ultimately lead to cracks in the tooth.
It is normal to experience some minor discomfort after treatment, including biting or chewing sensitivity. This typically subsides in a few days. Pain medication may be prescribed to help with any pain.
A general dentist typically provides root canal treatment. For more complex cases, we may refer our patients to a specialist for treatment.