The Who, What and Why of Root Canal Therapy? Here’s What You Should Know
Posted August 08, 2019.
Dr. Menakhem Davidov, D.M.D.
Who Needs Root Canal Therapy?
If you have a tooth where the bacterial infection from a carious lesion, aka a cavity, has reached the pulp of the tooth. Other indications for root canal therapy are for cracked or chipped teeth, fillings that are too close to the pulp and cause irreversible inflammation, and certain other types of injuries a tooth may have been subject to such as trauma. Lingering sensitivity to temperature changes, discomfort upon biting, and tenderness of gums around a tooth and signs of an abscess are also signs of a tooth that may need root canal therapy. Root canal therapy is an excellent pain-relieving procedure.
Who Isn’t a Good Candidate for Root Canal Therapy?
- Presence of severe enough decay or fracturing that makes the tooth non-restorable
- Advanced periodontal disease
- Uncontrolled diabetes and myocardial infarction within past 6 months
- Extensive decay throughout mouth
There are more contraindications for root canal therapy. Your Dentist will let you know if you have any of the other possible contraindications for root canal therapy.
Root canal therapy is the process of cleaning out infected and/or inflamed tissues from a tooth. It is the removal of no longer healthy pulpal tissues.
To remove unhealthy tissues from a tooth and to return some functionality to the tooth. If the infected tissues are left untreated it can cause or continue to cause toothaches and possible complications of the infection spreading and becoming a larger health concern.
The benefit of doing root canal therapy over extracting the tooth is that is that teeth can drift into the open space and cause issues with your bite. And root canal therapy is often more cost-effective than placing an implant or bridge to fill in the space where the tooth used to be.
Keeping your natural teeth is very often preferable as it allows more efficient chewing, a more normal bite and sensation, as well as a more natural appearance, and it offers protection against stress on other teeth by maintaining the already existing balanced and natural bite.
At the conclusion of root canal therapy, a filling is placed to further seal the canal space and prevent bacteria from re-entering them. Depending on the extant of damage the tooth has sustained, very often a crown restoration is needed to hold the tooth together and to decrease the risk of fracture. This is especially important for the back teeth since quite a bit of force is placed on them when chewing,
If you have any question, please do not hesitate to ask your dental provider. We would be more than happy to answer any and all questions you may have.
Dr. Menakhem Davidov, DMD is a full-time practicing dentist. He is a member of the ADA (American Dental Association), AGD (Academy of General Dentistry, and Academy of LDS Dentists.
To contact Dr. Davidov or Dr. Tyler Williams, please visit pinecresdds.com or call (801) 503.0035