Root Canal Therapy
"Root Canal," for some patients these two words can strike fear. But fear not! Root canal therapy can and most often is a painless way to get rid of a serious infection. Often times, it is also a way to get rid of serious pain.
Dental pulp, found in the center of each tooth, contains a nerve which extends from the tooth’s root to bring vital nutrients to the tooth. If a tooth’s pulp is injured, damaged, or infected, the nerve within the pulp will die and, unless endodontic treatment (root canal) is performed, the tooth may become infected and extremely painful. In many cases, root canal therapy (removal of the nerve tissue in the tooth) can save damaged teeth by preserving the tooth in the mouth. After the root canal is successfully completed, restoring the tooth with a crown is usually highly recommended to preserve the tooth structure and provide strength for chewing.
In order to make the procedure comfortable, a course of antibiotic therapy is sometimes prescribed a few days before the procedure is done. Antibiotic therapy alone will make a painful situation improve, but it is not a lasting treatment, and without completing root canal therapy, symptoms return within days or weeks.