Endodontics (Root Canal Treatment)
If bacteria enter your tooth through deep cavities, cracks or flawed fillings, your tooth can become abscessed. An abscessed tooth is a tooth with an infection in the pulp. If pulp becomes infected, it needs to be removed. An abscessed tooth may cause pain and/or swelling. Your dentist may notice the infection from a dental x-ray or from other changes with the tooth.
If left untreated, an abscessed tooth can cause serious oral health problems. Root canal treatment can save the infected tooth by replacing the diseased pulp with a special material that will keep the tooth functional.
Common symptoms that indicate the need for root canal treatment are: pain or throbbing while biting, increased sensitivity to hot and cold, severe decay and inflammation around the tooth. In most cases we can provide you with root canal treatment although if we feel your case is more complex we will refer you to an Endodontist.
After a root canal treatment, your tooth has to be restored to look, feel and work as much like a natural tooth as possible. Your dentist may use a permanent filling or a crown to restore your tooth. The choice of restoration will depend on the strength of the part of the tooth that's left. A back tooth will likely need a crown because chewing puts a great deal of force on back teeth. If there is not enough of the tooth left, posts may be used to help support the crown.