Root Canal Therapy is necessary when the nerve of a tooth has been adversely affected by decay, infection, trauma or several other less common conditions, often times causing significant pain and discomfort.
Inside your tooth, beneath the white enamel and a hard layer called dentin, is a soft tissue called pulp. This tissue contains blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue, which help grow the root of your tooth during its development. A fully developed tooth can survive without the pulp because the tooth continues to be nourished by the tissues surrounding it.
Having a Root Canal on a tooth is the necessary treatment to save a restorable tooth that would otherwise have to be removed. Root Canal Therapy is a highly successful procedure.
Following Root Canal Therapy, it is highly recommended that the tooth or teeth that were treated have a full coverage crown placed to protect the weakened tooth from breaking, cracking or fracture, thus restoring it to full form and function.
Following Root Canal Therapy, the tooth may still be sensitive or sore, but this will subside as the inflammation diminishes and healing takes place.