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Root Canal - Endodontics

1Your teeth are meant to last a lifetime. Years ago, diseased or injured teeth were usually pulled. But today, a tooth can often be saved throught root canal (endodontic) treatment. When properly restored, a tooth with a root canal filling can last for many years.

1What happens if the dental pulp is injured?


The pulp is soft tissue inside the tooth that contains blood vessels and nerves. When the pulp becomes inflamed or infected, treatment is needed. The most common causes of pulp inflammation or infection are a cracked or chipped tooth, a deep cavity or filling, or other serious injury to the tooth. All of these can allow bacteria to enter the pulp.

What is Root Canal Treatment?


 
  • Root canal treatment doesn't cause pain, it relieves it!
  • Millions of teeth are saved each year with root canal treatment.
  • Root canals take away the infection and pain.
  • Watch this video for more information about root canal treatment.
  • Then, make your appointment with Springwoods Village Dental Group to stop your pain and save your smile today!

1Why should the pulp be removed?


If damaged or infected pulp is not removed, the tissues around the root of the tooth can become infected. Pain and swelling often result. Even if there is no pain, bacteria can damage the bone that holds the tooth in the jaw, Without treatment, the tooth may have to be removed.

1Removing a tooth can create problems


When a tooth is removed and not replaced, the teeth around it may shift. This can make biting and chewing difficult and may make it harder to clean your teeth. Areas that are not cleaned well are more likely to get gum disease.
Root canal treatment can prevent these problems by saving your natural tooth. Also, root canal treatment is usually less expensive than a replacement tooth.

Top 5 Reasons Not to Delay Root Canal Treatment


 
  • Root canal treatment relieves tooth pain.
  • Root canal treatment stops the infection in your tooth.
  • Root canal treatment helps your body fight disease.
  • Root canal treatment prevents further damage.
  • Root canal treatment saves your teeth.
  • Watch this video for more information about root canal treatment.
  • Then, make your appointment with Springwoods Village Dental Group to stop your pain and save your smile today!

1What does treatment involve?


Root canal treatment may involve one or more dental visits. Dr. Clark will perform the necessary steps to save your tooth:
  • First, your tooth is numbed for your comfort. A thin sheet of latex rubber is placed over your tooth to keep it dry. An opening is made through the crown of the tooth into the pulp chamber..
  • The tooth's nerve or pulp is removed from the pulp chamber and root canal (the space inside the root). Each root canal is cleaned and shaped so it can be filled.
  • Dr. Clark will place medicine in the pulp chamber and root canal to help get rid of the bacteria.
  • The root canals are usually filled with a rubber-like material to seal them.
  • A temporary filling is then placed in the tooth to prevent contamination of the root canals. You might be given antibiotics if the infection has spread beyond the end of the root(s). If Dr. Clark prescribes medicine, use it only as directed. If you have any problems with the medicine, call Dr. Clark immediately.
  • During the next stage of treatment, Dr. Clark will remove the temporary filling and restore the tooth with a crown or a filling to strengthen it and improve the way it looks.

1How long will the restored tooth last?


When properly restored, a tooth with a root canal filling can last for many years. But, like any other tooth, it can become decayed or fractured or the tissue around it can get gum disease. Daily cleanings and regular dental exams will help keep your mouth healthy, whether you've had root canal treatment or not.
1Patient education content © 2014 American Dental Association.