Root canal therapy is a procedure designed to treat teeth with significant damage or decay. Dr. Kraft and Dr. Last recommend this procedure when the damage or decay has reached the pulp on the inside of your tooth.
Root canal therapy works by removing the decay and damaged tissue from your tooth. After the procedure, your tooth will not be infected, and you won’t experience any more sensitivity or pain.
At the beginning of the procedure, Dr. Kraft or Dr. Last will start by numbing your tooth and the area around it with a local anesthetic so you can stay comfortable during treatment.
Once you’re numb, Dr. Kraft or Dr. Last will remove the damaged tissue and decay from the inside of your tooth.
After cleaning out your root, Dr. Kraft will fill the spaces with a special material that protects it from future infection and additional damage. Because the decay that caused the need for a root canal weakens the structure of a tooth, it is common for these teeth to need a crown for protection and structural support.
Without anesthetic, root canal therapy would be painful. Damaged teeth are more sensitive, and you may already be experiencing pain in your tooth before the procedure because of this sensitivity. However, Dr. Kraft and Dr. Last use powerful anesthetics to prevent you from feeling any pain during root canal therapy.
After the procedure, the treated area may be a little sore. You can relieve the soreness with over-the-counter pain relief in most cases.
Patients with painful or damaged teeth often wonder whether they should just have the teeth pulled. However, because missing teeth can lead to other problems, it’s better to save the tooth with root canal therapy if possible. Having a root canal instead of an extraction prevents bone loss in your jaw, bite problems, and shifting of your teeth.
Root canal therapy has a very high success rate. In most cases, you’ll be able to keep the treated tooth for the rest of your life after having this procedure. However, you may need to replace the crown if it breaks or wears out.
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