A root canal is the removal of a tooth's damaged, diseased, or dead pulp in the aim to restore the tooth. The aim of root canal treatment (also called “endodontic” treatment) is to save a tooth that has been badly damaged due to decay, disease, or injury.
Millions of teeth each year are saved from extraction by having a root canal treatment. Most people prefer to save their tooth if possible because it generally will function better than an artificial tooth. Your own tooth is usually stronger and more efficient for biting and chewing. Cleaning and maintenance of a natural tooth is also much easier.
Problems with biting, chewing and oral health are associated with loss of teeth. For example, nearby teeth can move out of their normal position and tilt into the space left by a missing tooth. This can make chewing and biting difficult, and can lead to further decay and gum disease around the tilted teeth. Root canal treatment is successful in most cases. If you take good care of the treated tooth, it may last for many years and possibly for the rest of your life.
Your tooth will not be treated unless the treatment is likely to succeed. Root canal treatment may not be appropriate in some cases, and extraction may be the best, or only, option.
All general dental practitioners are trained to perform a root canal treatment. Call today to schedule your appointment with Dr Pather.
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