Root Canal Therapy
A "root canal" or, endodontic therapy, is a procedure to save a tooth that is infected and would otherwise require extraction. There are many reasons that teeth become infected including cavities, previous large fillings, crowns, cracks, fractures, trauma, and extreme wear.
Root Canal Treatment
Why get a Root Canal?
Root canal therapy is needed when the nerve of a tooth is affected by infection or decay. 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.
Root canals save teeth.
Having a root canal done saves a tooth that would otherwise die and have to be removed. Extracting (pulling) a tooth could ultimately be more costly and cause significant problems for adjacent teeth as well as loss of bone where the tooth was removed.
While root canal therapy can be successful, it is not guaranteed. It is very important to have a permanent restoration (usually a crown) placed within 30 days of the root canal. If a permanent restoration is not placed, the tooth can further decay to the point where the root canal must be re-done or, worse, the tooth must be removed.
Reasons For Root Canal Therapy
• Infection or abscess have developed inside the tooth or at the root tip.
• Decay has reached the tooth pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth).
• Extreme wear.
• Injury or trauma to the tooth.
What does Root Canal Therapy involve?
A root canal procedure requires one or more appointments and can be performed by your regular dentist or endodontist (a root canal specialist). For more information, call our office to schedule your appointment with Dr. Snodgrass.