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Why Do I Need Root Canal Therapy?

February 14, 2018

If you have been told that you need root canal therapy, it may cause you to get a bit nervous. But because modern techniques have advanced the treatment, root canal therapy is not something to cause great fear. In fact, root canal therapy can provide much needed relief for a problem tooth. Root canal therapy, also known as endodontic treatment, is the process of disinfecting the inner pulp of your tooth. Typically root canal therapy can be avoided with good oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups, but damage or decay can happen despite even the best care. Root canal therapy is usually the last way to save a tooth before extraction is necessary.

a girl holding her teeth in pain

When Is It Necessary?

If a tooth requires root canal therapy, it means that damage or decay has affected the inner tissue of the tooth. This can cause a severe infection or inflammation in the tooth. A tooth infection can enter the bloodstream and travel to other areas of the body, which can lead to serious complications and even death. A toothache from an inflamed, infected or abscessed tooth can become excruciating. If  root canal therapy is not performed, extracting the tooth may become the only way to stop the pain and prevent infection from spreading.

What Is the Process?

The pain of the infected tooth can actually be much more painful than the actually process of root canal therapy. The root canal therapy begins when your dentist will opens your tooth to access the inner pulp and tissue. If there is a large cavity or significant damage, there may already be significant access to the inside. Your dentist will then completely disinfect the inner chambers of the tooth. The roots of your tooth may then be replaced with a prosthetic material. The tooth will be restored and sealed, likely with a crown, to restore appearance and function to your tooth.

Your Tooth Can Be Saved With Root Canal Therapy

Endodontic treatment may be the best way to save your tooth. To learn more, schedule an appointment by calling Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry of Kansas City, MO, today at 816-427-4018.