In the past, a tooth was extracted if damaged or infected. Fortunately, there are now alternatives to extraction that can be employed to save a tooth. Root canal therapy, also known as “endodontic therapy,” is used by many dentists nowadays to preserve a tooth and maintain it.
Keeping a beautiful smile and avoiding extractions whenever possible is our goal. Root canal therapy allows patients to avoid invasive extractions and deal with tooth replacement choices such as dentures, bridges, or implants. In many cases, dentists can now preserve severely damaged teeth.
If a tooth has been damaged or traumatized, it may require restorative care. To determine whether root canal therapy is necessary, a dentist must examine teeth that are infected, have extensive cavities, or have other diseases that seriously damage the tooth.
Root canal therapy is conducted by allowing the dentist to access the inner area of the tooth to remove the dental pulp, which includes the tooth’s nerves and blood supply. A dental crown can restore the tooth’s function if the pulp is removed.
Due to it being constructed of porcelain, the dental crown blends seamlessly with the patient’s natural teeth when fitted over them. A root canal operation weakens the tooth; therefore, this is an extra layer of protection.
You may need root canal treatment to treat an infection caused by large cavities. A dental filling is not always enough to save a severely decayed tooth, especially if the decay is extensive.
We encourage you to make an appointment for a consultation with one of our dental professionals at any of our locations. After an evaluation, we can determine whether or not root canal therapy is the best option for each patient.