Root Canal Therapy
Endodontic treatment, otherwise called a root canal procedure, is a treatment of the tooth intended to remove decay and infection in addition to protecting the tooth from possible further infections.
If the tooth has a deep cavity or is broken or cracked, the inside the tooth can be infected by germs and bacteria entering the pulp tissue. Left untreated, an abscess may form, resulting in swelling and severe pain. As the infection progresses over time, it can cause permanent damage to the underlying bone structure, increasing to excruciating pain. Without the necessary treatment, your tooth may need to be extracted.
Teeth requiring root canal treatment may not necessarily be painful. Nonetheless, indications that you may require endodontic treatment include:
What Occurs During a Root Canal Procedure?
The first step of a root canal involves removing the infected tissue.
Once the tissue has been removed, the inside of the tooth will be completely cleaned and sealed to prevent further contamination.
The final step involves the tooth being filled with a dental restorative material. In cases when your tooth suffered serious decay, Dr. Vanama may recommend placing a crown to fortify the tooth against fracture.
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What Happens If I Don't Do a Root Canal?
In many cases, a damaged tooth can be salvaged by a root canal procedure. However, removing the tooth may be the best option if:
Endodontic treatment is intended to spare your tooth from being extracted. Missing teeth can cause insecurity, negatively affect your bite and capacity to chew, cause misalignment of adjacent teeth, and have a generally adverse effect on your overall wellbeing. Making the decision to get endodontic treatment is a conscious choice to keep your smile beautiful and healthy for a long time.