Once a tooth is lost, it is gone forever. While there are excellent options for patients who are missing teeth, the goal of Endodontic treatment, or root canal therapy, is to save the natural tooth.
The word Endodontics comes from the Greek words “Endo” for inside and “Odont” for tooth. Dealing with the inside of the tooth, endodontic treatment, or a root canal, is needed when the tissue inside of the tooth becomes inflamed or infected.
Do I need a root canal?
If you experience any of the following symptoms, you may need a root canal:
Pain and sensitivity to hot or cold foods and beverages
Soreness when chewing
Discoloration of the tooth
Swelling to the tissue surrounding the tooth
Drainage or tenderness in the lymph nodes
A root canal is an often dreaded procedure, perceived as being extremely painful and unpleasant. With advances in modern dentistry, including sedation dentistry, root canal therapy can actually be a comfortable and relaxing procedure.
Most patients can retain their natural tooth with a root canal. There are times, however, when a tooth has significant damage or decay and cannot be saved.
There are several options for replacing missing teeth including:
Don’t suffer with the pain of a toothache – if you do have an infection, it can worsen over time and spread to other parts of the body. Contact us to schedule your appointment today and find out if endodontic treatment is right for you.