Protect your tooth from further harm
Though you may think of root canal therapy as a painful procedure, in fact it’s designed to relieve the pain caused by an infected tooth.
Root canal therapy is designed to retain a tooth in the mouth when the nerve has died or is dying, restoring the tooth to its full strength and function. It is a common misconception that a root canal kills a tooth and that eventually extraction will be necessary. Once a tooth has emerged through the gums the tooth’s nerve is not vital. All it does is provide the sensation of hot and cold. The absence of a nerve will not affect the everyday function of the tooth.
More often than not after a root canal therapy your tooth will be significantly weakened. In order to protect and strengthen your treated tooth it may be necessary to have a porcelain crown. This will ensure the integrity of your existing tooth and protect it.
While a porcelain crown will strengthen and protect your tooth, you will still need to look after your oral health as a tooth covered by a dental crown can still become infected.
Root canal therapy and what’s involved
Root canal therapy is a complex and technically demanding procedure but one which, when performed well, has a very high success rate. Most patients report that having root canal treatment today is as unobtrusive as getting a filling. The best news is that root canal therapy can save your tooth and your smile.