Root Canal Therapy Can Preserve Your Teeth
When Might You Need Root Canal Therapy?
- Cold or hot liquids are painful on teeth
- Tooth is decayed or infected
- Tooth has been injured
- Biting down or putting pressure on teeth is painful
- Infection in tooth is likely to spread
Structure of a Tooth
Teeth have a chamber inside of them that holds the blood supply and nerves that go to the teeth. If that pulp chamber is infected through injury or tooth decay, the pulp that is infected must be taken out of the central portion of the tooth as well as the canals that go to the roots so the infection does not spread and the tooth can be preserved.
Benefits of Root Canal Therapy
When the infection is removed, the empty part of the tooth is filled to seal it off and is then protected with a crown or tooth covering. If the pulp is removed and no crown is placed, the tooth is more likely to fracture. This is an excellent way to save the tooth so that it does not die and need to be removed from the mouth.
Downside to Root Canal Therapy
On rare occasions, a root canal will need to be done over if all the infection was not able to be removed the first time.
Other Options: Removal of the Tooth
If a tooth is sick, an option would be to remove it, but the gap it leaves would need to be filled by a bridge or implant. These replacements are generally more expensive than root canal therapy.