Do you have a toothache that won’t go away? Do you feel sensitivity to hot or cold foods or drinks? Do you notice swelling or discoloration of your tooth or gums? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may need endodontic therapy, also known as root canal therapy.
Endodontic therapy is a dental procedure that treats the inside of your tooth, where the pulp and the nerve are located. The pulp is the soft tissue that contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue. The nerve is the part of the pulp that senses pain and temperature. The pulp and the nerve are essential for the development and growth of your tooth, but once your tooth is fully formed, they are not necessary for its survival.
Sometimes, the pulp and the nerve can become infected or inflamed due to various reasons, such as:
When the pulp and the nerve are infected or inflamed, they can cause severe pain, sensitivity, swelling, abscess, or even a bad taste in your mouth. If left untreated, the infection can spread to the surrounding bone and tissues, and cause serious damage to your oral health.
Endodontic therapy is performed to remove the infected or inflamed pulp and nerve, and to clean and seal the root canal of your tooth. The root canal is the space inside your tooth where the pulp and the nerve are located. By removing the source of infection and pain, endodontic therapy can save your tooth from further damage and preserve its function and esthetics.
If you have a tooth that is infected or damaged, you may be a candidate for endodontic therapy. However, not every tooth can be saved by endodontic therapy, and some factors may affect your eligibility for this procedure, such as:
Some factors to keep in mind that may help you determine are:
The only way to determine if you need endodontic therapy is to visit us for a consultation. We will examine your mouth, take digital x-rays, and discuss your symptoms and expectations with you. We will then recommend the best course of action for your specific situation. If you have any questions about endodontic therapy or want to schedule an appointment, please contact us today.
Endodontic therapy has many benefits for your oral health and well-being, such as:
By detecting these issues early, we can prevent them from worsening and causing more damage or pain. We can also provide you with the most effective and appropriate treatment options for your specific needs.
Endodontic therapy, or root canal therapy, is a dental procedure that can save your tooth from infection, pain, and extraction. However, like any medical or dental procedure, it also has some drawbacks that you should be aware of before deciding to have it.
Some of the drawbacks of endodontic therapy are:
These risks are rare and can be minimized by choosing a qualified and experienced dentist, following the pre- and post-operative instructions carefully, and maintaining good oral hygiene and regular dental visits
Endodontic therapy is usually performed in one or two visits to our office, depending on the complexity and condition of your tooth. The procedure involves the following steps:
In some cases, we may need to place a small post inside your tooth to support the filling or crown. In some cases, we may need to refer you to an endodontist, a specialist in root canal treatment, for more complex cases.
After endodontic therapy, your tooth may feel sore or sensitive for a few days. This is normal and can be relieved by taking over-the-counter painkillers or anti-inflammatory drugs as directed by us. You should also follow these tips to ensure a smooth recovery: