Endodontic therapy (root canal) is treatment to eliminate infections of teeth and surrounding gums. We perform this procedure to prevent tooth extraction when the inner soft tissue of a tooth becomes damaged, infected, or inflamed. Once Dr. Firouzian removes the damaged tissue, he carefully fills the tooth, and places a crown on the tooth to protect it and restore its functionality. Signs you may need endodontic treatment include pain, prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold, tenderness to touch and chewing, and discoloration of the tooth.
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Do You Need a Root Canal?
A root canal is used when bacteria have invaded the part of the tooth normally occupied by the tooth nerve. This occurs when an untreated cavity penetrates through the dental enamel (the outer layer of the tooth) and the dentin (a softer material under the enamel). Some common symptoms of this infection include:
- Pain—spontaneous and enduring, often severe
- Sensitivity to heat or colds that lasts
- Tenderness in the tooth when touched
- Discoloration of the tooth
- A pimple or sore on the gums
Most people think that the pain associated with a tooth infection is always severe, but the level of discomfort varies from person to person. You may experience little or no discomfort from your infected tooth.
An infected tooth is a serious condition. It not only causes discomfort, but it gives bacteria the ability to penetrate deeper into your body, penetrating through the tooth into your jawbone, other teeth, even your sinuses and from there your brain. Complications of an untreated tooth infection can be fatal.
Benefits of a Root Canal
People often worry that a root canal is going to be a painful procedure, but modern root canals cause little discomfort during the procedure and after the procedure discomfort is typically controllable with over-the-counter medication. In fact, studies show that in the week following a root canal, people experience less pain than they did before their root canal.
A root canal is also a beneficial procedure. Not only does it prevent infections from becoming serious, but it can rebuild your tooth so that it’s a functioning, durable tooth again. Instead of extracting the tooth, you can keep it for 10, 15 years, or more.
Often a root canal is a better solution than pulling a tooth and replacing it with a dental implant. Not only does the restored tooth last as long as the implant, when the restored tooth may need to be removed, it can then be replaced with a dental implant. And both procedures have the same, high success rate, about 95%!