Root canal therapy is a procedure where the nerve of a tooth is affected by decay, infection, or other damage. In order to save the tooth from being extracted, the pulp inside the tooth is removed and replaced with a special mix of dental materials. This procedure can restore teeth to their full function.
A root canal is the treatment of choice to save a tooth that otherwise would die and have to be removed. Patients often think that extracting (pulling) a tooth is the solution, but it’s not. It’s actually more costly and can cause more problems for adjacent teeth. Generally, a root canal lasts a lifetime, but occasionally, it needs to be retreated because of new infections.
Root canal therapy is a minimally invasive treatment that uses endodontic techniques to save the natural tooth structure.
Below are some of the situations when you may need root canal therapy:
If you have any of the above symptoms, see your dentist as soon as possible.