Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy involves the various procedures used by the dentist to save the tooth from an extraction, by removing the infected or diseased pulp from the tooth. In simple terms, the pulp chamber and root canal(s) of the tooth are cleaned, sterilized, and sealed to prevent re-contamination of the root canal system. Although the treated tooth is no longer vital you won’t be able to feel pain or hot or cold, etc.
You have achieved several advantages:
- The tooth was not removed leaving an empty space, which if left empty would cause teeth next to or opposite the empty space to begin shifting from their normal position. Shifting can cause teeth to become crooked or crowded, causing alignment problems that may eventually result in even more teeth being lost.
- Your natural tooth has been retained maintaining the normal cosmetic appearance of your teeth.
- Eliminates the need to have a replacement tooth (bridge) put in place of the removed tooth. Bridges are normally expensive and may also require extensive work on adjacent teeth for retention of the bridge.