Inside every tooth, canals house the pulp (nerve) that sustains the tooth’s life. A deep cavity or crack can compromise the health of the pulp and cause infection or inflammation. As infection and inflammation build, the tooth begins to ache from internal pressure. At this point, your dentist will likely recommend a tooth extraction or a root canal treatment.
A root canal therapy or treatment is often a straightforward procedure to relieve dental pain and save your teeth and your smile. An internally infected or inflamed tooth may be treatable.
In some situations, you can avoid tooth extraction and other intensive procedures by undergoing a root canal treatment. This common procedure can often be completed in one visit. It is a treatment sequence for the infected pulp of a tooth which is intended to result in the elimination of infection and the protection of the decontaminated tooth from future microbial invasion.
Throughout root canal therapy, your comfort will be maintained. The tooth is initially anesthetized. Infection or inflammation is removed from the canals of a tooth. Our dentist inserts man-made material into the emptied canal. After the tooth is treated, it is sealed with a temporary filling. In a subsequent visit the tooth is then crowned or restored. Usually it is recommended that a crown is added to further protect the tooth.
The material used to fill your root canal will probably last you a lifetime, but eventually the filling or crown may need to be replaced.
Some indications of the need for root canal treatment may be:
- Spontaneous pain or throbbing while biting
- Sensitivity to hot and cold foods
- Severe decay or an injury that creates an abscess (infection) in the bone
Call us today at (586) 574-3050 to discuss this treatment option for your dental health.