Root Canal Treatment
Your teeth are meant to last a lifetime. Years ago, diseased or injured teeth were often pulled. But today, even if the pulp (the soft tissue inside the tooth that contains blood vessels and nerves) of your teeth is injured or infected, the tooth often can be saved through root canal treatment.
If the pulp is diseased or injured and unable to repair itself, it dies. The most common causes of pulp death are a deep cavity, a cracked tooth, a problem with large fillings, or serious injury to the tooth. All of these can allow bacteria to enter the pulp.
If the problem pulp is not removed, you can often have pain and swelling. Even if there is no pain, bacteria can damage the surrounding bone and often result in what is commonly known as a tooth abscess. Without treatment, the tooth may have to be pulled.
When a tooth is pulled and not replaced, the teeth around it may shift from their normal position. Shifting teeth may make biting and chewing difficult along with allowing spaces to form between your teeth. This can make it harder to clean your teeth and therefore increase the possibility of developing gum disease.
Root canal treatment has traditionally been labeled as a very painful procedure. However, we have found this to be a lesser degree. Advancements in equipment and treatment techniques allow us to perform root canals much more comfortably today.
During a root canal treatment, your tooth is first numbed for your comfort. Dr. Gor will then remove decay and the diseased pulp tissue. The canals where the pulp tissue used to reside are then cleaned and shaped with special instruments. Once cleaned, the canals are filled with a rubber-like material. The final step is to restore your tooth with a crown restoration that in most cases is tooth colored. This can all be accomplished in 2-3 appointments.
For severely decayed or damaged teeth, root canal treatment can be the best option because it allows you to save your natural tooth that would otherwise have to be pulled.