Root canal therapy, or endodontic therapy, is a procedure designed to remove the infected pulp tissue from the tooth and the surrounding tissue. Once that is done, a filling material is used to replace the missing tissue. A dental crown is usually recommended to restore the tooth’s structure and provide it with the necessary strength.
Signs you need a root canal
When a tooth is infected, bacteria can seep into the pulp, the innermost layer of the tooth. Without treatment, the infection can result in an abscessed
tooth. An abscessed tooth is very painful and can lead to a serious infection, requiring medical attention. In addition to this, you may also notice dullness in the infected tooth, discharge of pus, bleeding gums, etc.
What to expect during your root canal procedure
The dentist will administer a local anesthetic to numb the treatment area. We will then isolate the tooth with a dental dam and make a hole through the top into the inner chamber. The infected tissue will be removed, and the root canal will be cleaned, shaped, and filled. The tooth is then sealed with a dental crown.
After your root canal therapy, a dental crown or filling will be placed to restore the tooth. New research has also led to the development of newer dental materials, such as tooth-colored fillings, which can replace the amalgam fillings of the past in restoring teeth. We recommend following your root canal therapy with a restoration to protect the tooth with an artificial crown or filling to restore your tooth’s natural strength and appearance.
Alternatives to a root canal
Though root canal therapy can be an effective treatment for some, there are alternatives. Root canal therapy often involves the complete removal of a tooth’s pulp and nerve. In certain cases, root canal therapy may not be necessary.
1. Restoration: A dental crown can be used to repair a cracked or chipped tooth. Dental crowns also offer a non-invasive way to protect a tooth weakened by decay, enamel erosion, or injury.
2. Extraction: When a tooth is severely decayed or injured, extraction may be recommended. Extraction may also be the best option when there are complications with a tooth’s root canal treatment.
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