Root Canal therapy is a treatment that removes the nerve from inside the tooth and root. A tooth’s nerve can die and become infected, often because of a deep, untreated cavity or a damaged tooth. Infections can go largely unnoticed for quite some time because of the body’s immune system, but symptoms do eventually materialize, often in the form of a painful abscess. It’s also possible for discomfort to begin right after the nerve dies, but this varies from patient to patient.
Reasons for a Root Canal
- A cavity is so deep that it has reached or is close to the nerve. The nerve could die and become infected.
- A filling is performed on a deep cavity that was close to the nerve. The nerve could die and become infected.
- A tooth is traumatized (either physically, thermally, or chemically) and the nerve dies.
- A crown is needed but not enough natural tooth structure remains for the crown to sit on. In this case, an elective root canal is done so a retaining post and foundation can be put in place for the crown to sit on.
Following root canal treatment, the tooth becomes very dry and brittle. We usually recommend the placement of a crown to help protect teeth that have undergone root canal therapy. If you think you need a root canal, we would be glad to discuss your treatment options during your consultation appointment.