Root Canal Background
A root canal otherwise called endodontics can be necessary when a tooth becomes infected or is causing significant pain. The procedure involves removal of the affected nerve tissue and internal sealing of the nerve chamber within the tooth.
If left untreated, an infection can become an abscess, which is a much more serious problem. This problem includes bone weakening of the jaw, and in more severe situations, this infection can spread throughout the head and body and cause a major health crisis.
At Brent Dental Arts, we perform many simple root canals and also work with dentists who specialize in more complex root canals, called endodontists.
There may be some soreness following the procedure, but that is normal for most dental procedures. Over the counter painkillers are usually enough to relieve any pain afterwards, but we may prescribe medication (if needed). The procedure will also relieve you from pain caused by the infection allowing you to enjoy all the foods you love without any pain from heat, cold, or biting too hard.
In almost all situations, when a tooth has had a root canal it will need to be reinforced and restored back to strength and function with a post foundation and crown. Failure to place a crown often results in the treated tooth breaking and the tooth may have be removed if the damage is too significant.