Root canal therapy is a common dental procedure that can be used to both repair and save a tooth that is decayed or infected. During the procedure the tooth’s pulp and nerve are removed, the interior of the tooth cavity cleaned, and then sealed back up.

Left alone without treatment, the tooth may abscess, spread infection, and/or reach a state at which point extraction may be the only viable option left. Not to mention you’ll be in a lot of pain.

 

What’s the Cause?

Sometimes our tooth’s pulp or nerve tissue can become damaged, irritated, inflamed or infected due to decay, chips or cracks in the tooth, physical trauma to the tooth or face, or even from large fillings.

When this happens the area becomes susceptible to bacteria that fester and multiply, causing infections or abscessed teeth.

These infections can also cause:

  • Swelling of the face, head or neck
  • Bone loss at the end of the root
  • Issues with drainage
  • Severe pain and discomfort
  • Spread of infection to other areas or even the bloodstream
  • And more…

Benefits of Root Canal Therapy

Once a painful procedure, modern root canal therapy is largely painless and similar to receiving a filling. In just one, or sometimes two, appointments your root canal can be completed, leaving you pain-free and with your own natural tooth. You’ll be back to smiling, chewing and biting into everything from steak to crisp apples in no time!

Saving your natural tooth with root canal therapy has many advantages including:

  • Improved ability to chew
  • Retain normal biting force
  • Preserve your tooth’s natural appearance
  • Protects other teeth from excessive wear or strain

Don’t suffer needlessly. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you preserve your natural tooth/teeth and have you feeling better than ever in no time.