If a cavity is left untreated it will continue to grow and eventually reach the nerve of the tooth. Once a cavity reaches the nerve, the nerve will become inflamed or infected and is typically (but not always) painful. At this point, root canal therapy (also known as endodontic treatment) may be recommended to relieve the pain and save the tooth. A root canal involves incrementally cleaning out the internal segments of the tooth roots and filling the space with a sealer material.
What are the advantages of having a root canal?
If a tooth has enough structure to be repaired, a root canal is typically preferred because it allows you to keep your existing tooth. Even though dental implants are an excellent replacement option for teeth, there is nothing that compares to your own natural tooth.
Is root canal treatment painful?
Most people are surprised to hear that root canal treatment is typically painless. Dr. Bousaba will numb your tooth similar to being numb for a routine filling. The tooth is isolated with a rubber dam and the root canal is performed. Patients have on occasion fallen asleep during the root canal process.
What does a root canal look like on an X-ray?
In this example below, a previous filling extended very close to the nerve of the tooth. Endodontic treatment was performed to resolve the pain and save the tooth. If you are having pain or discomfort from a tooth that may need treatment, contact us today for a consultation!