Root canal therapy is a treatment that targets the soft nerve tissue inside of each tooth. That soft tissue (also called “pulp tissue”) can be affected by a number of issues, like advanced cavities, a chipped or cracked tooth, or even damage to a tooth that leaves no visible issues. Root canal therapy can be an involved procedure, and may require multiple visits. But in cases where damage to your tooth has extended down to the pulp, root canal therapy can be necessary to save you from losing a tooth.
What is Root Canal Therapy?
During root canal therapy, the dentist removes diseased or damaged pulp from inside your tooth, and seals the hole the removed pulp leaves behind. Because this is an involved process, it can require multiple visits. Some patients will be prescribed antibiotics, to treat infections that have occurred in the damaged pulp before the dentist can start the procedure. Because damage to the tooth’s pulp can be caused by several issues, the dentist will schedule time to review the process and let you know what to expect for your treatment.
Can I Avoid Root Canal Therapy?
Many people will need root canal therapy because they wait to see their dentist about an issue until it becomes unbearable. If you have teeth, you’ll always be vulnerable to tooth decay and damage. Keeping regular appointments can help keep your teeth healthy, and helps your dentist catch issues like cavities and other forms of tooth damage before they require a root canal. Root canal therapy is a common procedure, but not one taken lightly. Root canal therapy is a means of saving you from losing your tooth, and to stop the damage or infection in the pulp from spreading to your gums.