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- Saves the tooth which would otherwise be extracted
- Limits the need for more costly dental work
- Maintains a natural appearance
- Missing teeth can affect your biting and chewing ability which can affect your health
Some common causes for injury to the pulp are decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth and trauma. Clenching, grinding and chewing hard objects may cause cracks in the tooth. Bacteria can enter into the cracks and cause pulpal damage.
Extracting the tooth would be an alternative treatment. This option can be costly since the empty space will need to be replaced with a bridge, partial denture or implant.
Another choice would be to do no treatment at all. This is a poor option because the cause of the problem will not be eliminated and severe pain and infection will result.
After the examination appointment, Dr. Brandal will try to complete the treatment in one appointment.
Generally, appointments last between 1 ½ to 2 hours depending on the difficulty of the case. There are some circumstances that may require more than one visit.
Local anesthesia is used during treatment to make the procedure more comfortable for you. Dr. Brandal will make every effort to make the procedure as painless as possible.
After treatment, there may be tenderness to biting or general sensitivity that can be treated with an over the counter pain reliever or a prescription medication.
Since root canal therapy is done under local anesthetic, you should be able to return to work after your appointment.
When Dr. Brandal places a temporary filling in the tooth, it is important to see your general dentist for a permanent restoration within 6 to 8 weeks.
After a root canal, the tooth may be more brittle. To protect back teeth from damage, a full crown is usually recommended.
If there is a crown currently on the tooth, it can usually be repaired with a permanent filling.
With a proper restoration and regular dental care, it can last a lifetime. Although there are no guarantees, the success of root canal therapy is over 90%.
Please contact our office if you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment.