When the tooth’s pulp becomes infected, it can cause severe toothaches, swelling or tooth sensitivity. Decay or a facture in the tooth can lead to loss of the tooth and further infection that is allowed to spread to surrounding teeth. To protect your oral health, we may recommend root canal therapy to clean the infected tooth and save it from extraction. Taking action early not only helps prevent further pain and damage to supporting structures, it is a cost-effective approach that can prevent complications down the road, such as tooth loss, which can be costly to repair.
Dr. Rebecca Orsini of Empower Dental is a Member of the American Dental Association.
Ultimately, the purpose of a root canal is to save the tooth from extraction and relieve pain. During the procedure, our doctor removes the infected pulp from inside the tooth, cleans the areas thoroughly and fills it with a rubber-like material. For added protection, the tooth is often covered with a crown or filling.