Endodontics is a dental specialty that treats the interior of the tooth, inside the root canals. Root canal treatment is a type of endodontic procedure that removes the pulp and nerve roots from inside the tooth and restores the health of the tooth when it is diseased. If you have been to a dentist and root canal treatment is recommended, it may be the best option for preventing the loss of your tooth.
3 Reasons for a Root Canal Treatment
When the interior of the tooth is diseased or damaged, it can lead to extensive pain and the eventual need for extraction. Root canal treatment clears any infection or diseased tooth from the canals, then the interior is disinfected and packed with sterile material. A root canal can be needed to prevent further detriment to the tooth when the tooth has one of these three conditions:
- Infection. A deep infection or abscess in the tooth can cause pain and inflammation, requiring removal of the infected pulp and nerve roots.
- When decay reaches the interior of the tooth canals, it can attack the softer pulp inside. Root canals can remove the decayed material and stop the pain, saving the tooth from extraction.
- Damage. If a tooth is severely cracked or broken, it may need root canal treatment to remove damaged or contaminated material inside the tooth.
Once the canals of the tooth are cleared of infected or damaged material and disinfected, they are packed and resealed. A dental crown can be placed over the remaining tooth to protect it from further damage. It is one of the most effective options for treating severely damaged or infected teeth that may otherwise be lost.
If you have an infected tooth that is causing you pain, contact our team at Bayside Dental. Root canal treatment may be the best option to stop the pain and protect your tooth from further health issues.