Thoughts on Root Canal Treatment:
It is important to note that not all root canal treatments are failures and have infections. Many infected teeth are successfully treated with root canals and have functioned for years without infection. Modern Cat Scans now can tell us which root canals are failing and then the patient can decide whether to retreat the tooth or to extract it. Extracting all root canal teeth has far reaching consequences and may lead many to becoming dental cripples. Each situation must be evaluated on an individual basis and a detailed discussion about the pros and cons of removing teeth is owed to each patient so that the patient has a clear understanding of the consequences of their choice. View our pdf with more information.
What is a root canal?
A root canal is one of the most common dental procedures performed, well over 14 million every year. This simple treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need of dental implants or bridges.
At the center of your tooth is pulp. Pulp is a collection of blood vessels that helps to build the surrounding tooth. Infection of the pulp can be caused by trauma to the tooth, deep decay, cracks and chips, or repeated dental procedures.
Symptoms of a Root Canal Can be Identified as:
- Visible Injury or Swelling of the Tooth
- Sensitivity to Temperature in the Tooth and Gums
- Pain in the Tooth and Gums
How is a root canal performed?
If you experience any of these symptoms, your dentist will most likely recommend non-surgical treatment to eliminate the diseased pulp. This injured pulp is removed and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed. This therapy usually involves local anesthesia and may be completed in one or more visits depending on the treatment required. Success for this type of treatment occurs in about 90% of cases. If your tooth is not amenable to endodontic treatment or the chance of success is unfavorable, you will be informed at the time of consultation or when a complication becomes evident during or after treatment. We use local anesthesia to eliminate discomfort. In addition, we will provide nitrous oxide analgesia if indicated. You will be able to drive home after your treatment, and you probably will be comfortable returning to your normal routine.