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used to be that if a tooth was infected or the nerve in the tooth was
dying, the tooth would have to be pulled. Today because of a procedure
known as root canal treatment the infection can be treated, the injured
nerve taken out and the pain associated with such symptoms alleviated.
common reason for root canal treatment is an infected or abscessed tooth,
which may result from a deep cavity, periodontal disease, or even a
fractured tooth. Sometimes, trauma - like a sharp blow to the mouth
can result in damage to the pulp of the tooth. Should you have symptoms
such as swelling, sensitivity to hot and cold or discomfort on touching
your tooth, a dentist should be consulted immediately.
Canal treatment removes the pulp tissue, which is composed of a nerve
and blood supply within the tooth. After all the material has been removed
from within the root, the canal or canals if it is a multi-rooted tooth,
are sterilized and sealed with a material that prevents bacteria from
a root canal removes everything, which feeds the tooth and keeps it
alive the tooth will become very brittle after a period of time. This
time period varies from person to person. It is for that reason that
the tooth should be restored as quickly as possible and your dentist
might recommend that a post and a crown be placed as a final restoration.
Back teeth are usually crowned or capped shortly after a root canal
has been performed to prevent the tooth from shattering due to the pressure
put on it by chewing.
canal work is not uncomfortable, and in some instances can be performed
in one visit. The discomfort associated with root canal is due to the
infection associated with the need for the root canal. If there is recurring
pain after the root canal has been started, or after it is completed
be sure to notify your dentist as soon as possible.
Everyone who wants to save her or his teeth (having been diagnosed as
having a problem needing root canal therapy) can benefit and expect
to maintain the tooth in its healthiest state, once the root canal is
completed. There is no limitation for age or state of health. Endodontic
(root canal) therapy is an elective procedure for those people who want
to invest their time and money in keeping their teeth.
abscess that has formed around the apex of a lower central
incisor can be favorably treated by retreating the tooth
and/or an endodontic surgical procedure - a decision that
should be made by your dentist.
single limitation for root canal therapy for any given tooth is the
restorability of the tooth. Simply, restorability means confirming there
is enough tooth structure to save and ultimately restore the tooth to
function. Once treated through root canal therapy and appropriately
restored, a tooth (with a previous
or infected dental pulp) can function normally for a very long time.
Your general dentist can best determine the final permanent restoration
for the root canal treated tooth. If a root canal ever does fail, consider
that there are still treatment options with very good success rates
that can save your tooth, root canal retreatment and endodontic surgery.
tooth that has had a root canal can develop an abscess and/or infection.
It can be due to the breakdown of the root canal material at the apex
of the tooth. By retreating a tooth that has had a root canal a better
seal can potentially be placed. Once the seal is reestablished, the
abscess or infection may degenerate. Alternatively, if the abscess does
not diminish, a surgical procedure, called an apicoectomy might
be indicated as well.
root canals are not for everyone and everyone who has been told they
need a root canal has the option of having the tooth extracted. If you
have not in the past, or do not intend in the future, to make a concerted
effort to be a dental wise patient, serious about routine dental care,
are not committed to having the tooth properly restored after the root
canal, and you do not mind the thought of losing a (or another tooth),
then endodontic therapy may not be the treatment of choice for you.