Root Canal Therapy- Preserving Natural Teeth
Very few things are as durable as a natural tooth. However, extensive decay, an accident, fracture, or gum disease can lead to a tooth infection that can threaten to destroy a healthy tooth. When a tooth’s nerve chamber becomes infected, a root canal treatment is often the only way to save the tooth.
Symptoms can include pain, prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold, discoloration of the tooth, and swelling or tenderness in the nearby gums. Thanks to advances in dental techniques and pain mitigation, most clients nowadays find that having a root canal therapy is as unremarkable as having a cavity filled.
What is Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy involves various procedures and technologies are used to access and remove the soft tissue located in the internal spaces (canals) in the tooth. The dentist removes the inflamed or infected pulp, carefully cleans and shapes the inside of the canal areas, then fills and seals the canal space.
When large amounts of tooth structure are missing or compromised due to disease, it may be necessary for the dentist to place a “post” down into the canal space to act as an anchor for a crown (or “cap”) that will be placed on the tooth to fully restore it. After a root canal therapy, the tooth will be significantly weakened, hence a crown is usually restored on the tooth to restore its strength and function.