Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy is one of the more common procedures comprehensive family dentistry utilizes to effectively save badly decayed or broken down teeth. The intent is to save a tooth that would otherwise be extracted.
Improved technology has made root canal therapy a painless process. While the success of root canal treatment approaches 100%, it is a therapy that is subject to the many variables of biology and, occasionally, might not be as successful as we would like. The need for root canal therapy can arise from any one of a number of reason. While many patients may have discomfort resulting from inflammation or infection of the pulp tissue, others may be completely without symptoms.
Effective reconstruction of teeth after root canal therapy is important. In many cases there is minimal remaining tooth structure, preventing successful long-term restoration with a simple filling. In almost all cases, root canal therapy dramatically weakens the tooth, allowing for severe fracture if not properly restored. Almost all root-canalled teeth need a crown to insure stability and longevity.
Modern root canal therapy available to modern family dentistry can usually be performed with little or no discomfort. By removing inflamed or damaged tissue, a root canal procedure can put an end to pain and help prevent serious complications such as jaw infections.
Indications that root canal therapy may be necessary:
- Severe toothache.
- An abscess (or pimple) on the gums.
- Sensitivity to hot and cold.
- Persistent discomfort to chewing pressure.
- Swelling and/or tenderness.
Occasionally no symptoms are present.
Reasons for root canal therapy:
- Decay is affecting the tooth’s pulp.
- Severe tooth fracture.
- An abscess or infection has developed at the root tip or inside the tooth.
- Injury or trauma has caused the pulp to die, risking infection.
All root canal therapy performed at South Shore Dental Group is done by Board Certified specialists in Endodontics.
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