Root canal therapy is utilized to save a tooth suffering from a crack in the tooth or deep cavity, resulting in infection. Treatment involves the removal of the pulp and nerves at the center of the tooth and cleaning of the infected area. The nerve and pulp of the tooth are not necessary for the tooth to function, so can be removed without causing problems. If a root canal is not sought out, the infection in the tooth can spread to the surrounding jaw bone, resulting in possible tooth loss or worse.

What are the signs that a root canal is needed?

  • Severe tooth pain while chewing
  • Your tooth pain wakes you up at night
  • Highly sensitive teeth
  • Discoloration or darkening of the tooth
  • Swollen gums in the area of the infected tooth

What does the treatment involve?
First, Dr. Karbassi will make an opening in the pulp chamber, through the crown of the tooth. Once the infected pulp is removed, the canal will be thoroughly cleaned. There are times when your dentist may choose to perform this therapy in multiple visits. If this is the case, a temporary crown will be placed until your next visit to help protect the tooth.

Once completed successfully, root canal therapy has an extremely high success rate, and the teeth saved by it can last a lifetime. Not to mention, the final crown or filling placed on the tooth make it hard to notice to others that you had the treatment in the first place.