Root canal therapy is a method of saving a tooth that has become infected or inflamed down inside. In the old days, there was no way of saving such a tooth. The common remedy was simple extraction. But times have changed and modern rooth canal therapy is as stress-free and painless as getting a routine filling.
Properly done, a tooth treated with root canal therapy should last as long as a normal tooth. The success rate for root canal therapy is 95%!
Each of our teeth contains a long, thin strand of dental pulp that extends down to the tooth’s root. If the pulp becomes infected or injured, the tooth’s nerves die and often, without treatment, the tooth can die as well. Root canals are designed to save such damaged teeth.
If the tooth requiring root canal therapy had a large filling or extensive decay, it may be necessary to cap it with a crown to prevent the tooth from breaking.
Treating a toothache
If the decay reaches into a tooth's nerve tissue or pulp, the bacteria can begin to multiply within the pulp chamber. The bacteria and other decayed debris can lead to a painful "abscess" or a pocket of infection that forms at the end of a tooth's roots. This is the cause of a toothache.
At Keely N. Lawson DDS, root canal treatment can preserve efficient pain-free chewing, normal bite force and the appearance of your natural smile. You will still be able to eat the foods you like.
To learn more about root canal therapy, please contact our office today.