Root canal therapy is recommended as a last effort to save a tooth that would otherwise be extracted. With the use of today’s modern materials, a root canal can be as routine as a filling and can usually be completed in one to two appointments.
Factors that may affect recommendations for a root canal:
- pain or discomfort with a tooth
- cracks or fractures within a tooth
- abscess or infection leading the pulp or nerve to die
- a deep cavity that extends into the nerve
- tooth anatomy for future restorative dentistry
How is a root canal performed to save a tooth?
During root canal therapy the infected pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and disinfected. Then the hollowed inside of the tooth is filled with a rubber-like material called gutta percha. After this the dentist will determine the ideal way to restore the tooth: either with a filling, onlay or crown.
How long does a root canal last?
Root canals have a high success rate. If properly performed and restored, a root-canaled tooth can last a lifetime.
Do I have to have a root canal?
Root canals are a last effort to save a tooth that would otherwise need extraction. If a tooth is extraction is the only option, please discuss with the dentist replacement options that may be available.