Endodontics – Root Canal Therapy
What does it mean when your dentist tells you that you are in need of root canal therapy on one of your teeth? Root canals can be the result of a tooth crack, cavity or injury. Root canal therapy may be recommended if you have an infection in the root area of your tooth and can be performed as an option to help you save your tooth.
During a root canal, the dentist will remove the infected pulp with special tools called files. He then cleans the canals of the tooth and may place medicine in side to help prevent further infection as the area heals. You may also be asked to come back to see your dentist after some time passes so that he can make sure that the infection is gone. When your dentist determines the tooth has healed, he will recommned a permanent crown be placed on the tooth to prevent it from crumbling in the future because the root is no longer keeping the tooth alive.
If you choose not to have a root canal on a tooth, the risks can include abscess, loss of your tooth, nerve damage and tooth fracture.
Regular dental check-ups and exams are recommended so that your dentist can help you monitor the condition of your teeth to help prevent undiagnosed infections.