Root canal therapy is necessary when the pulp becomes inflamed or infected. The inflammation or infection can have a variety of causes: deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, a crack or chip in the tooth or other reasons. In addition, an injury to a tooth may cause pulp damage, even if the tooth has no visible chips or cracks. If the pulpal inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause pain or lead to an abscess.
Usually, a tooth that has undergone a root canal can last the rest of your life and never need further treatment. However, in a few case, a tooth may not heal. It may even become re-infected. Retreatment can effectively eliminate these symptoms.
Apicoectomy is necessary when inflammation of infection persists in the bony area around the end of your tooth after a root canal procedure. The anatomy of the tooth or bone may prohibit adequate disinfection during conventional root canal therapy. If that is the case, a surgical approach may be appropriate.
Fractures or cracks can occur rapidly or slowly over time. This can progress pain free or cause acute discomfort. Proper diagnosis will determine the course of action. Most fractures can be treated with conventional root canal therapy or require additional procedures like crown lengthening.
Traumatic injuries like fractures or having a tooth knocked out are time sensitive. Please make an appointment as soon as possible to initiate treatment. Even if the tooth is knocked out, it can be saved if action is taken right away.
We can provide nitrous oxide and oral sedative therapies prior to your procedure. You will have little to no memory of the treatment, be completely relaxed and feel refreshed afterward. We may require that you have someone drive you home after your appointment so please ask during your consultation.