It was not too long ago in our history that a severely infected tooth usually meant tooth extraction, as the infected tooth could rarely be saved. However, thanks to the restorative process of root canals, this is no longer the case. Millions of teeth are treated and saved each year with root canals.
The fact is, root canals have truly changed restorative dentistry, and continue to help patients across the globe to achieve their fullest and brightest smile.
A root canal treatment is required when the tooth pulp has become inflamed or infected. The reasons for this damage could be anything from infection or deep decay, to a chip or crack in the tooth, to even a trauma that has left you no visible signs of damage, only persistent aching.
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, or multiple symptoms, then root canal may be a treatment option:
Tooth Pain: Tooth pain on its own does not necessarily indicate an endodontic issue. However, if it is paired with other symptoms listed here, then it is possibly indicative of a deeper infection.
Persistent Toothaches: If your toothache does not go away, and continues to bother you even while not eating or drinking, then there is a chance that your tooth has a deep infection. Root canals can be used to treat these painful symptoms and restore your mouth to health.
Abscesses: Abscesses often feel like a bump on the gums around the infected tooth, and are a typical sign to indicate a tooth infection that has gone a little bit too far. In most cases, an abscess can be treated with root canal therapy.
A root canal is classified as an endodontic treatment, meaning it deals with the tooth pulp, or nerve chamber, a highly sensitive area. During root canal treatment, the inflamed or infected pulp is delicately removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and disinfected, then filled and sealed. Afterwards, the dentist will restore the tooth with a crown or filling for protection. After this process is completed, the tooth will be free to function like any other tooth.
With the proper care, most teeth that have undergone root canal treatment can easily last as long as one’s natural teeth.
At Happy Smiles Dentistry, Dr. Gerov practices this delicate procedure with the utmost precision, pairing the latest technology with a gentle, caring hand to restore your teeth to their full chewing and smiling capacity.