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Why Do I Need a Root Canal?

Posted in Root Canals

It can be confusing if your dentist tells you that you need a root canal, especially if you have no pain or symptoms in that tooth. Most people wonder why the procedure is even necessary, or if it can be put off until a later time such as when the tooth starts actually experiencing symptoms.

These are all very valid concerns, as root canals are one of the lengthier types of treatment that dental patients receive on a normal basis. A root canal is needed when an area of decay comes into close proximity of the tooth’s nerve. In some cases an abscess may appear on your gums with or without severe pain. Root canals may also call for if a tooth is cracked into the root, or a very large restoration has given out. During the root canal therapy, any diseased nerve tissue is removed from inside of the tooth and is re-filled with a medicated filling material. All root canals must have a crown placed on top of the tooth to ensure the structural integrity of the now, non-vital tooth.

It’s important to know that your dentist tries to prevent root canal therapies when at all possible. In order to prevent the need for root canals, early intervention and preventive care appointments are essential. This allows smaller areas of decay to be treated sooner rather than later, before the decay spreads into the nerve or before an old filling gives out and the tooth cracks apart. So, even if you’re not experiencing symptoms now, routine dental x-rays and exams can allow your dentist to treat problems before they become a bigger problem.

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