ROOT CANAL THERAPY
 
What Happens During the Procedure?
A root canal requires one or more office visits and can be performed by a endodontist. An ENDODONTIST is a dentist who specializes in the treatment of diseases and injuries of he human dental pulp or the nerve of the tooth.

When the nerve of a tooth becomes infected , Root Canal Therapy is the only way to save the tooth. A tooth can become abscessed as a result of deep decay, a cracked tooth, or trauma to the tooth. The only alternative to Root Canal Therapy is an Extraction.

During Root Canal Therapy, the tooth is “numbed” (just like having a filling). Then the unhealthy nerve is removed and medication is placed in the tooth to treat the bacterial abscess (infection). After the infection is removed and treated, a filling is placed in the roots where the unhealthy nerve was.  A tooth that has undergone Root Canal Therapy is more brittle and must be crowned to give the tooth sufficient strength.
 
What Damages a Tooth's Nerve and Pulp in the First Place?
Nerve and pulp can become irritated, inflamed and infected due to deep decay, repeated dental procedures on a tooth and/or large fillings, a crack or chip in the tooth, or trauma to the face.
 
What Are the Signs that a Root Canal Is Needed?
Sometimes no symptoms are present; however, signs to look for include:
  • Severe toothache pain upon chewing or application of pressure
  • Prolonged sensitivity/pain to heat or cold temperatures (after the hot or cold has been removed)
  • Discoloration (a darkening) of the tooth
  • Swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums
  • A persistent or recurring pimple on the gums
 
High-Tech Root Canal Therapy
The way root canal therapy is performed today is vastly different than those done a few years ago, not to mention a decade ago. The potential level for quality care has dramatically increased. It is a thing of the past to do root canals in five to six appointments or by "touch or feel" because we could not see. Root canals can be done painlessly, faster, and more accurately due to the new technology available.
 
How Successful Are Root Canals?
Root canal treatment is highly successful; the procedure has more than a 95% success rate. Many teeth fixed with a root canal can last a lifetime.

Also, because the final step of the root canal procedure is application of a restoration such as a crown or a filling, it will not be obvious to onlookers that a root canal was performed.
 
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