Endodontic treatment is commonly referred to as root canal therapy. During an endodontic procedure, the infected nerve tissue of a tooth is removed, and a filling material is placed inside of the tooth. This prevents a relapse in infection as well as the tooth being destroyed from the inside-out. Having a root canal procedure done is almost like any other dental treatment, except it usually takes just a little longer.
When is a Root Canal Necessary?
Root canals are the last line of defense for broken or decayed teeth. If a root canal is delayed or avoided, the tooth will eventually become un-restorable, requiring an extraction.
Teeth that need root canals typically have:
- Large cavities or fractures that extend into the nerve chamber of the tooth
- Trauma that has caused the tooth to be non-vital and is becoming discolored
- Abscesses (Throbbing Pain)
- Cracks through the root
- Severe or lingering tooth sensitivity
What Other Treatments Are Necessary?
After your root canal, your tooth no longer has an active blood supply. Because the inner chamber is sealed off, the outlying tooth enamel may be prone to becoming brittle. That’s why it’s important to place a titanium post and a full coverage crown over the tooth once endodontic therapy is completed.