Root Canal Treatment
When the soft tissue (mostly nerves and blood vessels) inside a tooth becomes damaged, this tissue often has to be removed. We call this procedure a root canal treatment. There is a tremendous amount of misinformation about root canal treatment. The following should answer many of your questions, but please don’t hesitate to ask your dentist if you still have questions after reviewing the notes below.
Why do I need root canal treatment?
We also see cases where the tissue inside has died and started to rot, leading to an infection or abscess. Again, we have to remove the dead tissue so your body can heal.
Other less common scenarios include doing root canal therapy to provide a space for a restorative post or to shorten a tooth, or when the pulp is eating away the inside of the tooth.
What is the procedure?
Does it hurt? I’ve heard people say this.
Do I need a crown on a tooth after it has had root canal treatment?
Often this is the case. The reason is threefold: often the tooth became sensitive and needed root canal treatment because it has a very large filling. We have to further weaken the tooth making the hole in it to clean it out. And once a tooth has no blood supply, it dries out over time which can make it more brittle.
What is an endodontist?
A dental specialist with advanced training in root canal therapy is called an endodontist. Sometimes we will refer you to an endodontist if you have an unusually challenging case.
Are there alternatives to root canal therapy?
Yes, we can remove the tooth and replace it with an implant retained crown or fixed bridgework. Your dentist will help you decide which option is most practical in your specific case.