Root canal therapy is needed when the nerve of a tooth is affected by decay, infection or other conditions that may involve the nerve. 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. If a tooth infection remains untreated, it can result in life threatening situations which may require hospitalization.
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 generally successful and usually lasts a long time, although on occasion, a tooth will have to be retreated due to new infections.
If you are experiencing pain, lingering sensitivity to temperatures, unprovoked pain or similar symptoms, swelling inside or outside the mouth, contact your dentist for evaluation. You may be in need of immediate treatment.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, please contact the office at (415) 731-5104 for consultation. If you are experiencing severe swelling, fever, redness, and difficulties breathing or swallowing, seek immediate care with your dentist or emergency room.