In dentistry, a root canal is known as endodontic therapy. Endodontic refers to the inside portion of your tooth, it includes the pulp, nerves, and connective tissue. If root of your tooth comes in contact with bacteria and becomes infected, it can be very painful, and it will not heal on its own. Through root canal therapy, Dr. Mahar can save the tooth, remove the infection and then restore the tooth to full function. Our staff, at Mahar Dental care about your health, which includes the health of your teeth.
Is a Root Canal the right choice?
There are only a few options when the pulp of your tooth becomes infected, and two of the three options are not best for your health. You can either ignore the pain, and chance the infection traveling to neighboring teeth causing further damage; have the tooth extracted and then deal with the consequences of a missing tooth;or have a simple in office procedure known as root canal therapy. We recommend restoring the health of your tooth through endodontic treatment, known as a Root Canal.
How did the inside portion of my tooth become infected?
There are many reasons that teeth can become infected. Some of the most common reasons including a cavity extending through the enamel; previous dental work that now has large fillings, fillings can shrink in size, creating space around them; cracks or fractures in the tooth, trauma from impact; and extreme wear due to bruxism including grinding or clenching.
Common Reasons for Root Canal Treatment
Root Canal Procedure
In order to save the tooth, the pulp, and the bacteria, are removed. Root canals are often associated with pain, but the reality is that Dr. Mahar is not causing pain, but relieving it. After the patient is numbed with anesthesia, Dr. Mahar then gains access inside the tooth, removes the inner portion of the tooth, cleanses the canal, and then fills the spaces with an inert material called gutta percha. After the tooth is healed, we will discuss the placement of a dental crown, because the tooth will become brittle. If a permanent restoration is not placed, the tooth can fracture or further decay to the point where the root canal must be re-done or, worse, the tooth must be removed.
While root canal therapy has a high degree of success, it is not guaranteed. In rare instances, the infection has traveled into one of the many branches that extend from the root. If that is the case, we will need to perform a surgical root canal, or refer you to an oral surgeon or endodontist.