Millions of people will require a root canal to repair and restore their dental health. While the procedure is very common, most people do not understand the reasoning behind this dental treatment. Using this guide on common reasons for root canal therapy, you will understand why and when you need this treatment.
Without proper oral healthcare, bacteria will spread over and into the tooth, causing a cavity to form. Without treating this cavity, the bacteria will begin decaying the tooth, infecting both the interior pulp and underlying roots. This not only affects the function and look of your teeth, but it can cause discomfort in your entire mouth and head.
Repairing these deep, infected cavities begins with a root canal to remove bacteria and decayed material from the underlying canals. In many cases, your dentist will also need to remove the tooth’s damaged nerve for efficient pain relief and effective treatment of the cavity.
Chipped, Broken Tooth
While surprising to hear, many people with chip or break a tooth in their lifetime due to an accident or injury while playing sports. Since the injury may stem from rough contact, damage may also occur to the tooth’s root and nerves. The injury may also sever the tooth’s nerve completely, resulting in intense discomfort and the need for restorative treatments.
Root canal therapy will repair the damaged nerve and reconnect it to its original tooth. After the root canal is complete, your dentist can also bond the chipped, broken piece of tooth using dental-grade resin for an attractive, fully functional, and restored smile.
If an infection develops in the pulp and roots of a broken or lost tooth, you may develop an abscess. This serious infection can quickly spread to the jaw, damaging bone and requiring involved restorative procedures.
An abscessed tooth may be one of the most uncomfortable dental problems, but a root canal treatment can remove the infected pulp and root.
While common, the above issues do require treatment to prevent further dental damage and illness. Consult our dental team and call us today if you have questions concerning root canals for your oral health.