Also known as endodontic treatment of a tooth, Root Canal Therapy refers to treating the nerve of the tooth, which can become irreversibly affected by a cavity, or infected. A root canal can be needed after trauma to a tooth from an accident. A root canal can also be performed to treat a tooth with a crack, so long as the crack is not so severe that the tooth cannot be saved. Root Canal Therapy is most often painless with the use of local dental anesthesia.
Root canals are often feared by many patients. However, root canals allow us to save your natural tooth, which is always preferred over an extraction. First, Dr. Cutlatsakes will remove the pulp and the nerves of the affected tooth and clean the infected area. A tooth’s pulp and nerve is no longer as important to the tooth’s health and function after the tooth has fully emerged from the gums. If the treatment is not performed, pus can build up at the root tip and the infection of the pulp can spread to the surrounding bone in your mouth. The result is pain and swelling and your tooth may likely need to be removed.
If you think you may be in need of a Root Canal Therapy, call 16 Park Dental Care to schedule an appointment today!