When the nerve of a tooth becomes infected as a result of dental disease or trauma, we may recommend treatment with root canal therapy.
During a root canal procedure, a small opening is made in the crown of the tooth so that the infected nerve and tissues can be removed and the roots of the teeth can be disinfected and sealed. Following the completion of the root canal, the tooth is restored with a crown to protect it from breakage.
In some cases, your doctor may recommend that a root canal specialist, or endodontist, perform the root canal procedure. We then work closely with the endodontist to coordinate the placement of a dental crown following root canal treatment.
A root canal is usually the recommended procedure to save a tooth that has become infected, rather than extraction. By having root canal treatment, the tooth can remain in position and maintain its role in supporting jaw bone structures, bite balance and proper chewing. Tooth replacement options such as a bridge, or implant and crown are more costly procedures than a single root canal and crown.
Often, patients are anxious about a root canal procedure or have heard horror stories from friends and family about root canals. A root canal treatment can be as comfortable as a dental filling procedure; the key is to address the problem tooth before pain and swelling occur.
We recommend that our patients visit us every 3-6 months for a complete dental examination to help detect dental problems early and avoid painful dental issues.
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