When the nerve of a tooth becomes decayed or infected, root canal therapy may be required to restore the tooth. When this type of decay and infection occurs, the tooth typically becomes extremely sensitive to temperature and pressure. Many people experience intense pain. While decay and infection may not be visible in its early stages, if left untreated, an abscess will form.
Root canal therapy is the preferred treatment for abscesses and other severe dental problems because it both restores function to your teeth and mouth and does not cause problems with adjacent teeth.
Dr. Levine may recommend root canal therapy for the following reasons:
- Decay has reached the living tissue inside the tooth
- An abscess or infection has developed at the root tip or inside the tooth
- Trauma or injury to the tooth
Root canal procedures will usually require more than one visit to Dr. Levine. Using special instruments, he will remove pulp, nerve tissue, bacteria, and tooth decay (if present).
Once the tooth is thoroughly cleaned, it is sealed by either a permanent filling or a temporary filling, depending on the severity of the condition and the need for extra appointments.
At the following appointment (usually a week later), the roots and the inner cavity of the tooth are filled and sealed with medicated dental materials. The tooth is then sealed with a filling, and then a crown (cap). These protective measures will prevent further breakage and restore your tooth’s ability to function.
It is normal for patients to experience some pain and discomfort for a short time after the treatment. As your tooth and gums heal, all pain should subside. Dr. Levine will teach you how to maintain the health and function of your tooth, as well as give you recommendations about how to care for your tooth during the healing process. Proper oral maintenance will add longevity to your treatment. To prevent any future decay and infection, it is important to practice good oral hygiene and attend regular dental visits with Dr. Levine.