Targeting Endodontic Troubles With A Root Canal
Posted September 14, 2016 by Wager-Evans Dental
Is there a pain in a tooth that does not seem to be going away any time soon? A chronic toothache might mean you are dealing with an endodontic issue, meaning something is wrong in the interior of your tooth. In many instances, this can stem from a cavity that has entered your tooth’s pulp, and allowed an infection of the tooth’s living tissue to occur. To eliminate this problem, your dentist will need to perform a root canal. This procedure allows them access to the pulp, so that the infected material can be taken out – once this happens, the pulp can be sealed, and your dentist can go about restoring your tooth. It is important for you to realize that without treatment, an endodontic problem can go so far as to essentially kill the tooth.
An advanced cavity is a common reason for why a tooth needs a root canal, but other issues can come up. An infection can happen due to an injury to your tooth, especially if a crack has exposed your pulp.
After a root canal, something will need to be done to support your tooth. The procedure is vital to returning the tooth to health, but will deplete it to the point where it needs some form of protection. You should expect to receive a dental crown after undergoing a root canal treatment. You can have a porcelain crown that fits in seamlessly with surrounding teeth, though something more durable, like metal or porcelain-fused-to-metal, might be more appropriate for back teeth.