If the internal structure of one of your teeth has been damaged, you may benefit from root canal therapy. You may not know it, but Its internal structure may be inflamed or infected, and these problems can spread throughout your tooth and into your jawbone. Our dentists may recommend a root canal if a tooth’s nerve becomes infected or decayed. You may experience symptoms ranging from occasional sensitivity to hot and cold foods, to constant throbbing or a dull ache, to pain when you chew. Or you may have no symptoms at all. If left untreated, your tooth will worsen over time, and it may eventually have to be removed.
In this situation, there are generally two options: the dentist can either pull (extract) the damaged tooth or save it by performing a root canal. Tooth extraction can often result in significant and costly problems for the adjacent teeth and cause more problems than it solves. If at all possible, we recommend receiving a root canal in order to restore function to the mouth and tooth without causing problems with the surrounding teeth.
Root Canal Therapy
The goal of root canal therapy is to improve the health of your damaged tooth. During treatment, your tooth is opened; then your root canal is cleaned and shaped. Your root canal is filled with dental materials and may be covered with a temporary filling. All teeth that have been root canalled will need a crown to prevent the tooth from fracturing, thus preventing an extraction.
Root canals are an effective option for many people who have significant tooth damage or decay. The procedure is usually completed in just one appointment at our Bountiful, UT dental practice. We invite you to contact our office today to learn more about root canals and your restorative dental treatment options. We will be happy to answer your questions and help you improve your oral health.