A root canal is a common and safe procedure to treat an infection in the pulp of the tooth. Most people would A root canal is a common and safe procedure to treat an infection in the pulp of the tooth. Most people would probably refer to a tooth’s pulp tissue as its “nerve.” While a tooth does contain nerve fibers, it is also composed of arteries, lymph vessels, and connective tissue. Years ago, severely damaged or infected teeth were simply removed. Today, with modern dental techniques, we can save and repair infected teeth through root canal therapy.
Root canal therapy is usually done on one appointment. It is possible to experience any of the following symptoms after any one of these appointments: sensitivity to pressure, possible swelling and some discomfort.
If you experience any swelling, call our office; it may be necessary to prescribe an antibiotic for you.
A temporary filling may be used to seal the tooth between visits. If the temporary filling does not stay, it is imperative it is replaced. The temporary seals the hole in the tooth, preventing further decay.
Be gentle on the tooth while eating until the final restoration is placed. Over time, the tooth can become more brittle. A Crown and a Post and Core(a procedure to strengthen the tooth) and help protect it from cracking.