When the inner nerve of your tooth becomes infected or decayed, a root canal may be necessary to restore it. Your tooth may be extremely sensitive to both temperature and pressure and you can expect to feel intense pain. While no symptoms may be present in the initial stages of decay and infection, in the advanced stages, a harmful abscess will form.
When confronting this decay or infection, the patient typically has two options: either pull the affected tooth or save it through root canal therapy. Extracting a decayed or infected tooth can result in significant and costly dental problems for the adjacent teeth. In the end, extraction of the tooth may cause more problems than it solves. Root canal therapy, on the other hand, is a much more desirable alternative as it will restore the functionality of your tooth and mouth and will not cause any problems in the future with nearby teeth.
Dr. Bhanji may recommend root canal therapy for the following reasons:
- Decay has reached the living tissue (or pulp) inside the tooth
- An infection or abscess has developed either at the root tip or inside the tooth
- You have received injury or trauma to the tooth
The restoration that root canals provide to your teeth usually last your entire life. You will once again have full functionality in your tooth and mouth. Please call Dental Care at Dr. Phillps to schedule your next dental appointment and learn how you can restore your smile today.