Why do I need root canal treatment?
A root canal is usually needed because there is pain or swelling,
which indicates an inflamed or infected nerve. Root canal therapy will
alleviate the pain or swelling and keep the tooth an integral part of
your dentition. In some cases, where there is not any discomfort, the
tooth can still be chronically infected. This can often be detected with
X-rays and careful examination.
How long will root canal treatment take?
Typically, root canal therapy is completed in one or two visits,
depending on the complexity of the case.
Why not just extract the tooth?
When a tooth is extracted, the adjacent teeth shift and may become
crooked of crowded, thereby decreasing chewing efficiency and changing
the bite. An implant or bridge may not be as effective as your natural
teeth. Additionally, there is more than a 95% success rate of saving the
tooth with the root canal treatment.
Will there be pain following the treatment? If so, what should
Because the tooth and its surrounding structures have been affected
by disease that was present in the pulp, treatment of the tooth may also
produce temporary imitation and mild discomfort following the procedure.
This can usually be avoided by chewing the other side of the mouth or
taking over-the-counter pain medication as directed by the doctor. Should
severe pain or swelling develop, please contact our office immediately.
Will the tooth need restoration (filling or crown) after
the root canal?
Your root canal is now permanently filled and the external portion
of the tooth is sealed with a temporary filling, which will only last
for a few weeks, Therefore, we urge you to see your general dentist as
soon as possible for permanent restoration.
What is endodontic surgery?
The most common endodontic surgical procedure is called apicoectomy.
When inflammation or infection persists in the bony are around the end
of your tooth after endodontic treatment, the endodontist may perform
an apicoectomy. In this procedure, the doctor opens the gum tissue near
the tooth to expose the underlying bone, and the infected tissue is removed.
The very end of the root is also removed and a small filling may be placed
to seal the root canal. Local anesthetics make the procedure comfortable
and most patients return to their normal activities the next day.