What is root canal therapy?
Root canal therapy can save your natural teeth and prevent the need for dental implants or bridges.
At the center of your tooth is the pulp. Pulp is a collection of blood vessels that helps to build the surrounding tooth. Infection of the pulp can be caused by trauma to the tooth, deep decay, cracks, and chips, or repeated dental procedures.
Symptoms of the infection can be identified as visible injury or swelling of the tooth, sensitivity to temperature, or pain in the tooth and gums.
Root Canal Therapy
A root canal is the removal of the nerve and dead tissues after it has been infected or abscessed due to deep decay, a cracked tooth, or trauma to the tooth.
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How is a root canal performed?
The injured pulp is removed and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed. This therapy usually involves local anesthesia and may be completed in one or more visits depending on the treatment required.
Success for this type of treatment occurs in about 90% of cases. If your tooth is not amenable to endodontic treatment or the chance of success is unfavorable, you will be informed at the time of consultation or when a complication becomes evident during or after treatment.
We use local anesthesia to eliminate discomfort. You will be able to drive home after your treatment, and you probably will be comfortable returning to your normal routine.
Dr. Funke will discuss the necessary restorative treatment indicated after having root canal therapy. This may include a filling, post, core, and/or crown to help strengthen the tooth following treatment.