May 15, 2017
Root canal therapy may be necessary if you have been ignoring that small toothache. Unfortunately, tooth decay will not go away, and if you have cavities, you could be asking for problems.
According to Dr. David Schaefer, root canal therapy removes the dead nerves and tissue. Called, pulp, those nerves and tissue are what tells you that you have tooth decay. However, not all cavities will present themselves, making it nearly impossible to detect the need for root canal therapy. Only a dentist can determine if therapy is necessary.
Endodontic treatment is necessary if the pulp in your tooth becomes inflamed or infected. There are a variety of issues that could cause the problem, including chips or cracks in a tooth or teeth, repeated dental procedures, large cavities, and teeth that are deeply decayed.
Avoiding root canal treatment could cause infection and even an abscess. If left untreated an abscess could cause serious problems and even death.
If Dr. Schaefer recommends root canal therapy, the infected nerves and tissue will be removed using special instruments to thoroughly clean the area. After the inside has been cleaned, the tooth roots will be disinfected and cleaned before filling and sealing. In some cases, a dental crown may be recommended to strengthen the damaged tooth.
Front teeth have one root canal while your back teeth have multiple root canals. Root canal therapy usually requires between one and three visits dependent on which tooth requires the treatment. If you have curved roots or more canals, you may need additional dental appointments to complete your root canal therapy.
A healthy mouth starts with regular dental checkups, and if you have been skipping your dental visits because of a nagging toothache, it is time to call or click and schedule an appointment with Dr. David Schaefer.
Don’t risk infection or a dangerous abscess, call or click and schedule a comprehensive dental examination with Dr. Schaefer today.