A root canal is performed when the nerve of a tooth has become infected or decayed. In order to save the tooth, the bacteria, nerves, and pulp (live tissue inside of the teeth) will be removed and replaced with special dental materials to avoid future infection and restore the tooth to its full function.
Undergoing root canal therapy is the best way to save a tooth that would otherwise die and need to be extracted. Many people believe that extraction is the simpler and less expensive option, but having a tooth pulled unnecessarily may actually lead to problems with the adjacent teeth, costing you more time and money in the long run.
Symptoms that Show You May Require Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy may become necessary when tooth decay has reached the pulp, an infection has developed inside the tooth or its roots, or if you’ve received trauma or injury to a tooth.
First, we will make sure that you are comfortable and that the affected tooth is thoroughly numbed. An opening will be made at the top of the tooth and the bacteria, pulp, and nerve tissues will then be removed. The now-empty space inside the tooth will be filled with special dental materials and then sealed with a dental filling. Lastly, a crown will be placed over the entire tooth to strengthen the tooth and restore it to its full functionality.
After your root canal therapy, the tooth may be sensitive, but this will go away as the tooth heals and the inflammation reduces. Caring for your teeth and making sure to visit Severance Dental every six months for a dental cleaning and checkup will help you avoid the need for root canal therapy in the future as well as keep the treated tooth healthy.
To learn more about root canal therapy in Severance, Windsor, Greeley, Eaton, Ault, and Fort Collins, Colorado, please contact Severance Dental today.