Root canal therapy is a valuable dental procedures used to treat and preserve teeth with badly infected roots. The pulp is the live portion of the tooth that extends into the root and contains nerve endings and tissues. When it becomes infected, patients can experience pain, swelling and even total tooth loss unless treated. Root canal therapy removes the damaged parts of the tooth and infected root. In some cases, an antibiotic is prescribed to help prevent further infection within the tooth. The organic portion of the tooth that remains is restored using a restoration (eg. cap or crown) that provides a natural appearance and normal tooth function.
Root Canal Therapy
MANY PATIENTS ASSOCIATE ROOT CANAL THERAPY WITH PAIN AND DISCOMFORT
Local anesthetics and advancements in modern dentistry have made root canal therapies highly tolerable procedures that are often no less comfortable than getting a standard filling. Upon completion, a restored tooth that has undergone a root canal will blend in with surrounding teeth – virtually undetectable to the average eye. A root canal is a common procedure that has a very high rate of success. Treatments will generally last for many years and even for a lifetime.