Root Canal Therapy
When the nerve of a tooth experiences decay or infection, a root canal is necessary to save the tooth and halt infection. It’s performed by removing the nerve (pulp) along with all infection and decay.
A root canal is usually the healthiest and most economical way to treat a tooth that would otherwise have to be removed. Extracting a tooth will have consequences down the road, such as bone loss and shifting teeth. These complications will have health repercussions, and the treatment of which will come with a cost.
Indicators of a needed root canal:
- Sensitivity to hot and cold that lingers longer than a few seconds
- Severe tooth pain
- A visible abscess on the gum
- Swelling or tenderness of gum around the tooth
- Fever and headache that make be mistaken for sinus issues
Occasionally no symptoms are present with an abscess, but if you suspect you have an infected tooth, it’s imperative you see Dr. Buttaro immediately. Tooth infections can spread to other parts of your body, becoming be life-threatening if untreated.
A root canal is typically a two appointment procedure. The first is to remove the nerve, and all decay and infection. After the tooth is meticulously cleaned, a temporary filling is placed. The following appointment involves padding the empty space with a dental material, and securing it with a filling. A tooth that has had a root canal will also require a crown to ad strength and stability. Even though there is no longer living tissue within the tooth, it still requires proper dental hygiene to maintain its health and longevity.