If the nerve of your tooth has become infected, a root canal treatment allows you to keep the tooth rather than remove it. Your root canal system is filled with soft dental pulp made of nerves and blood vessels. When bacteria enters through cavities, cracks, or flawed fillings, your tooth can become abscessed. A root canal treatment removes the infected pulp from your tooth. By keeping your natural tooth, it stops other teeth from drifting out of line and causing future jaw problems.
A root canal treatment may take 1 or 2 appointments. Afterward, your tooth may be tender for the first week or two (bad pain and swelling are NOT common. Contact us if this occurs).
A root canal treatment does not protect your tooth from other damage from occurring. You are still susceptible to a cavity or gum disease. With proper care, your treated tooth can last as long as your healthy teeth. Most of the time, a root canal treatment is successful the first time. In a rare case, a second treatment may be required. During a retreatment, the root canal filling is removed, recleaned, reshaped, and refilled.
If you have any concerns regarding a root canal treatment, contact our office and we’ll be happy to answer any and all of your questions.