Endodontic therapy, commonly known as a root canal, is a relatively painless and essential treatment that aims to clear infections and protect teeth from future complications.
When a tooth is cracked or has a deep cavity, harmful bacteria can enter the pulp tissue and cause an infection. If left untreated, an abscess may form, leading to pain and swelling. Failing to address the infected tissue not only puts your jawbones at risk but also impacts your overall health. Without proper treatment, the affected tooth may have to be removed.
Teeth that require endodontic therapy are not always painful, but some signs you may need a root canal include:
- Severe toothache
- Pain upon chewing or applying pressure
- Prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold
- Dark discoloration of the tooth
- Swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums
WHAT HAPPENS DURING ENDODONTIC THERAPY? Root canal treatment typically involves one to three visits to your endodontist, during which the infected tissue is removed from the tooth's interior. Once the affected tissue is removed, the interior of the tooth is thoroughly cleaned and sealed.
After the root canal procedure, your tooth may be filled with a dental composite. If your tooth had extensive decay or structural damage, your endodontist may recommend placing a crown to strengthen and protect the tooth from future breakage. Proper care for your teeth and gums through regular brushing, flossing, and dental checkups can help ensure the longevity of the restored tooth, which can last a lifetime with the right maintenance.
ENDODONTIC THERAPY: SAVING YOUR NATURAL TOOTH Endodontic therapy is a highly effective treatment that can save your natural tooth from extraction. Saving your natural teeth has numerous benefits, such as:
- Enhanced Confidence: Missing teeth can lead to self-consciousness, affecting your smile and overall appearance.
- Improved Functionality: By preserving your natural tooth, you can maintain the ability to bite and chew comfortably.
- Preventing Teeth Shifting: A missing tooth can cause neighboring healthy teeth to shift, potentially leading to misalignment issues.
- Positive Impact on Overall Health: Maintaining your natural teeth contributes to better oral health, which is closely linked to overall well-being.
By choosing to undergo endodontic therapy, you are making a proactive decision to keep your smile healthy, beautiful, and functional for years to come.
If you experience any signs of potential dental issues or suspect you may need endodontic therapy, please contact our practice to schedule an appointment. Our experienced dentists will provide you with a comprehensive evaluation and recommend the best course of action to preserve your natural teeth and maintain your oral health.