Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Root Canal Therapy

The pulp of your tooth, which contains the nerve and tiny blood vessels, can become infected. The pulp has a limited ability to heal itself. This infection can be caused by a deep cavity that reaches the center of the tooth causing the pulp to die, a traumatic injury to the tooth, or an extensive preparation (drilling) of the tooth. The extensive preparation may have been done to prepare the tooth for a crown (cap) or other large preparation for a restoration. The pulp may or may not abscess immediately in these cases. It may take years for a problem to develop. The infected pulp tissue may or may not be painful. It may or may not be visible on a dental radiograph. A tooth with this type of an abscess is not usually extracted because the infection can be treated with endodontic therapy on the tooth. This routine procedure can save the tooth and enable you to avoid the harmful effects of tooth loss. It is successful in more than 90% of the teeth in which the treatment is completed.


Endodontic treatment can take from one to three appointments to complete. Teeth can have one to four canals that need to be treated.  An opening is created to access the nerve, and the abscessed nerve is removed from the root or roots. The canals where the nerves had been located are then cleaned and shaped and a medication may be placed in the canal to promote better healing.

When it has been determined that the canals are free of infection, they are filled with a special rubber-like material and sealed with a cementing medium. The abscessed area associated with the tooth will then begin to heal. It may take several months before healing is completed and for the tooth to become asymptomatic, that is, for any soreness in the area to disappear.

Once the endodontic therapy has been completed, the tooth is usually restored with a cast crown or onlay. This is done to protect the tooth and prevent it from fracturing. Failure to follow through with mandatory restorative procedures after endodontic therapy on a previously uncrowned tooth can result in a vertical fracture. If there is very little tooth structure remaining, we may also advise the use of a post and core to further help the tooth retain its final restoration. We will discuss restoration options specific to your needs.

Please note that this infection may cause discomfort between root canal appointments. This is normal and usually not a cause for any concern. Contact the office if there is pain and/or swelling. Remember to avoid biting down on the tooth until the root canal is completed and the final restoration has been placed. You may have had no discomfort from the tooth prior to the root canal treatment or have been unaware that you even had an abscess. However, you may experience pain or swelling after the root canal treatment has begun.

If we have prescribed antibiotics for the abscess, be sure to fill the prescription and take it until it is finished. It is important that you do this in order to quickly control the infection. If you do not take the prescribed medication, the resolution of the abscess may be delayed and problems with the postoperative pain are more likely.


If you have any questions about the root canal procedure or the final restoration of the tooth, please feel free to ask us at (512)250-5012. -Omni Dental Group

46 comments:

  1. If the pulp becomes infected or injured, the tooth’s nerves die and, often, without Endodontic treatment, the tooth dies as well. Root canals are designed to save such damaged teeth. Thanks for showing the picture of the root canal therapy in toronto and the techniques used from dentists.

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    1. Thank you for your comments Martin! We enjoy educating all of our patients as well as our blogger family, so thank you very much for insight!

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  2. Root canal treatment is fundamentally a procedure that is used to repair and save a tooth that has suffered a severe infection or decay.

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    1. Jenelia,
      That is completely correct, thank you for your comment!

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  3. When the nerve of your tooth becomes infected, a successful root canal treatment lets you keep the tooth rather than having to pull it out. Swelling and pain take place in the start of the treatment. Keeping your tooth helps to prevent your other teeth from drifting out of line and causing jaw problems. Saving a natural tooth avoids having to replace it with an artificial tooth. The opening of the tooth is then sealed with either a temporary or permanent filling.

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    1. Hi Roger,

      We could not agree more, here at Omni Dental, we exhaust all options with our patients to try to save teeth, especially to avoid future dental concerns. Thank you very much for your information.

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    1. Thank you very much for reading! We are glad that you enjoyed it!

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  5. I need root canal therapy on two of my molars. I am a little concerned about the pain after reading your article. Maybe the dentist will be able to sedate me. I should have been more diligent about getting regular cleanings.

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    1. Cory, it is absolutely normal to have dental fears. Our mission is to educate our patients and to make sure they have a clear understanding of all of their options before dental work is preformed. We also do have sedation available, which helps more than half of our patients move past their dental fears.

      As for your regular cleanings, I highly recommend doing them at least twice a year just to make sure the status or your oral health is up to date.

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  6. Wow! That is a very high success rate! That is very comforting to me because I have been having some pain in one of my teeth lately. I hope that it isn't anything serious, but if it is and it requires an endodontic therapy I am glad that there is a high success rate.

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    1. Thankfully Ted, our team is very experienced and knowledgeable, if there are any further concerns or questions, please feel free to contact us.

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  7. Luckily, I've never had to have this procedure done. I hate getting my mouth worked on, but if it every came to it, I'd rather have this done than have to replace the entire tooth. My cousin had to have a few teeth replaced and it was expensive. I don't know how I'd afford that. http://cosmetic-dentistry.net/services/root-canal/

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    1. Gary, while dental procedures may become costly, there are always many options readily available to our patients. Dental Insurance is also a way many patients find to help them afford big treatments, it also helps that insurance is also, in most cases, very affordable! Please let us know if there is anything you may need or any questions you may have!

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