After treatment, your tooth may still be sensitive, but this will subside as the inflammation diminishes and the tooth has healed.
Root canal therapy is the treatment of choice to save a tooth when the nerve is affected by decay or infection. In order to save the tooth, the pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth), nerves, bacteria, and any decay are removed and the resulting space is filled with special, medicated, dental materials, which restore the tooth to its full function. The other alternative to treating a tooth affected like this is extraction.
Many patients believe that removing a tooth that has problems is the solution, but what is not realized is that extracting (pulling) a tooth will ultimately be more costly and cause significant problems for the remaining adjacent teeth.
Root canal treatment is highly successful although on occasion, a tooth will have to be retreated due to new infections.
Signs and symptoms for possible root canal therapy:
Reasons for root canal therapy:
What does root canal therapy involve?
A root canal procedure requires one or more appointments and can be performed by a dentist or endodontist (a root canal specialist) if the case is rather complicated.
While the tooth is numb, a rubber dam (a sheet of rubber) will be placed around the tooth to keep it dry and free of saliva. An access opening is made on top of the tooth and a series of root canal files are placed into the opening, one at a time, removing the pulp, nerve tissue, and bacteria. If tooth decay is present, it will also be removed with special dental instruments.