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Modern Endodontics (root canal therapy) has made it easy and painless to save teeth when the nerve is infected or irreversibly inflamed.
When a tooth is healthy, there is a normal flow of blood and nerve signals in and out of the space inside your tooth called the pulp chamber. The nerves allow the tooth to feel cold and hot sensations. As long as the pulp is normal, you can feel sensations such as cold ice cream or hot coffee, and the feeling goes away quickly.
However, in cases where a tooth has a deep cavity or has sustained trauma, the nerve will become hypersensitive, or the pulp might die, causing the blood flow and nerve signals to stop. This allows bacteria to enter, and infection to set in.
If you have a painful sensation in a tooth that does not go away quickly, the nerve is probably irreversibly affected. If your tooth is infected, you may not notice anything at all, or swelling could be present. In all of these cases, root canal therapy can save your tooth.
To save your tooth, we open a small hole into the pulp chamber, clean out and disinfect the roots, and place a sealer in the roots to keep bacteria out and prevent future re-infections. After the root canal is finished, we usually place a crown on the tooth to strengthen it.
Technology has allowed root canal therapy to be a minimally invasive and comfortable procedure. Call us today if you have any questions!