- Completed on teeth with an active infection or abscess
- Typically teeth required a root canal have a sensitivity to hot, cold, or when biting
- Treatment prevents extraction of the infected tooth
Candidates for Root Canal Therapy
- Patients that have a sensitivity to hot, cold, or biting on the tooth
- Those that have extensive tooth decay that has reached the pulp, or nerve, of the tooth
- Patients that experience swelling or tenderness around or nearby infected tooth
- Patients that have experienced an injury or trauma to a tooth
Root canal therapy is needed when the nerve of a tooth is affected by decay or infection. In order to save the tooth, the pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth), nerves, bacteria, and any decay are removed and the resulting space is filled with special, medicated, dental materials, which restore the tooth to its full function.
Having a root canal done on a tooth is the treatment of choice to save a tooth that otherwise would die and have to be removed. Many patients believe that removing a tooth that has problems is the solution, but what is not realized is that extracting (pulling) a tooth will ultimately be more costly and cause significant problems for adjacent teeth.
Root canal treatment is highly successful and usually lasts a lifetime, although, on occasion, a tooth will have to be retreated due to new infections.