Root Canal Therapy
If the nerve within your tooth becomes infected, successful root canal treatment can keep you from losing the tooth while treating the infection before it causes health complications.
Properly performed, a root canal is no more uncomfortable than having a cavity filled, though the procedure is more complex. It is the removal of infected or dead pulp (the inner nerves and blood vessels) from inside the tooth, and the filling and sealing of the resulting space.
An infected (abscessed) tooth causes discomfort in the form of swelling and toothache. It can also cause severe health complications, because the bacteria from the infection can enter the bloodstream and travel to other parts of the body.
One way to treat the infection is to remove the tooth and disinfect the area. However, tooth loss creates a gap between surrounding teeth that often necessitates a dental implant or bridge. It is preferable to save the tooth if possible through root canal (endodontic) treatment.
The dentist begins by applying local anesthesia and isolating the area with a rubber dam. Then they drill an opening in the tooth to access the infected pulp, and remove it and clean the area with specialized tools. The dentist fills the root space with a filling material. Finally the dentist must seal the surface of the tooth with a crown to prevent further infection and restore the function and appearance of the tooth.
The root canal treatment is typically performed in one visit. A second visit may be required to complete the crown restoration.
A dental root amputation is the surgical removal of a tooth’s root. A dentist will perform this when the root cannot be healed and so as to save the remaining roots of the tooth and the tooth itself. If the issue root isn’t removed, it may lead to infection. Years ago, diseased or injured teeth were often pulled. Thanks to today’s technology, your tooth can be saved through root canal treatment.
Cracked Teeth Treatment
Depending on the size and location of the crack, treatment may vary from bonding to root canal treatment. A severely cracked tooth may need extraction. Your dentist will determine the best treatment for you. Small cracks are common and usually don’t cause problems. Regular dental visits are important, as they permit your dentist to diagnose and treat problems in the initial stage. If you continue to have discomfort, avoid chewing on that side of your mouth and contact your dentist.