Some indications of the need for root canal treatment may be:
- Spontaneous pain or throbbing while biting.
- Prolonged sensitivity to hot and cold foods.
- Severe decay or an injury that creates an abscess (infection) in the bone.
- Elective root canal with a post and core to aid in a tooth’s restorability
Root Canal Therapy is a sequenced treatment for the nerve of a tooth in order to eliminate infection and to protect the tooth from future bacterial attacks. We first remove the nerve tissues, blood vessels and other cells from within the roots of a tooth. Then, we clean and shape the roots of the tooth and irrigate and disinfect with solutions. The root canals are then filled with a filling and a hardening agent to block out all future bacterial attacks.
After a root canal treatment, the tooth loses all of its natural hydration from the nerve and blood vessels and becomes very brittle. This can make a tooth more prone to fracture especially if the tooth is a molar where most of the biting forces are concentrated. For this reason, we usually recommend a crown to protect teeth that have undergone root canal treatment.