Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy is a form of treatment used to end tooth pain caused by infection from a deep cavity or cracked tooth. The procedure involves removing the pulp and nerves of the tooth and thoroughly cleaning the area of infection. The removal of this pulp will allow for the structure of the tooth to remain, and health and function to continue. If this treatment is not sought after, the infection can spread and result in issues with the jaw bone, tooth loss or worse.
What are the signs that a root canal is needed?
Severe tooth pain while chewing
Throbbing tooth pain that wakes you up at night
Discoloration or darkening of the tooth
Swollen gums in the area of the infected tooth
What does the treatment involve?
An opening will first be made in the top crown of the tooth in order to access the pulp chamber. The pulp and nerves will then be removed and the canal thoroughly cleaned. A permanent filling or crown will be placed over the tooth when the therapy has been completed.
Dr. Peyser may decide to complete the therapy in multiple visits, and if so, will place a temporary filling on the tooth in between visits to protect it.
Root canal therapy has a high rate of success any many teeth undergoing the procedure can be saved to last a lifetime. Additionally, the crown or filling placed the completion of the procedure makes it hard to notice by others that you had the treatment.