Root canal treatment – also known as endodontic therapy – is carried out when a tooth’s pulp is damaged.
If caries develop or bacteria reach the pulp tissue after dental trauma, an inflammation can occur – pulpitis. If you don’t see a dentist on time, the pulp tissue dies and the infection spreads to the surrounding tissues. Then the bone around the root is damaged and an abscess forms, resulting in apical periodontitis; as the tissue continues to break down, a cyst forms.
Depending on the degree to which the pulp is damaged, a person can feel various sensations in the mouth, such as:
• sharp spontaneous pain, especially in the evening or at night;
• unlocalized tooth pain (when it is hard to say exactly which tooth hurts);
• increased sensitivity to cold;
• when the bone around the tip of the root is damaged, the tooth can seem “raised” and be painful when eating; the person may experience constant localized pain;
• barely noticeable symptoms during the chronic process, but tooth damage is diagnosed by a radiology test.
If possible, our doctors always try to use endodontic therapy and save the tooth, since preservation of the natural tooth guarantees:
• effective chewing,
• normal bite strength and feel,
• protection of the surrounding teeth from additional wear and deformation.
By using the latest technology and microscopes, an endodontically treated tooth can serve you for the rest of your life. Advanced technology even makes it possible to re-treat roots that were not treated properly earlier.
Only high-quality root canal treatment can ensure successful restoration of the damaged tooth. Our doctors recommend that people with endodontically treated teeth come in for regular check-ups in order to monitor their condition.