Root canal therapy is needed when the nerve of a tooth is affected by decay or infection. In order to save the tooth, the pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth), nerves, bacteria, and any decay are removed and the resulting space is filled with special, medicated, dental materials, which restore the tooth to its full function.
Having a root canal done on a tooth is the treatment of choice to save a tooth that otherwise would die and have to be removed.
Many patients believe that removing a tooth that has problems is the solution, but what is not realized is that extracting (pulling) a tooth will ultimately be more costly and cause significant problems for adjacent teeth.
Root canal treatment is highly successful and usually lasts a lifetime, although on occasion, a tooth will have to be retreated due to new infections.
When nerves within teeth become diseased or damaged, a root canal (endodontic therapy) performed by a Tucson dentist is required in order to save them. A tooth or teeth may require root canal treatment due to such occurrences as deep decay, the formation of cracks, failing restorations, tooth trauma, or weakening due to multiple fillings. Advancements in technology and techniques mean that root canals can now be performed relatively pain-free and within one visit to our Tucson dentist office. It is usually recommended that a full coverage crown is applied after the root canal is completed.