Root canal treatment (also called endodontic treatments) can save a tooth that has infected pulp. This is not the same as a cavity that can be fixed with dental filling. Cavities affect the enamel or the surface of the tooth. Underneath them there are soft tissue, nerves, and blood vessels that help the tooth grow and develop.
If that pulp becomes inflamed or infected – due to deep decay, a crack or chip that allowed bacteria to penetrate the tooth, or trauma — the dentist can save the tooth by cleaning and disinfecting it, and then sealing it. In some cases, the tooth will be protected with a dental crown or cap.
Left untreated, infected tooth pulp can cause pain, fever, chills, and potentially lead to an abscess. The infection can also spread to the surrounding tissue and jawbone, causing swelling and even serious complications like obstruction of the airway. Most commonly, the damage to the tooth will be so severe that it will have to be extracted. Dentists will always recommend trying to save a tooth to avoid chewing or speech problems linked to missing teeth.
Dr. Firas Osman will always look after your comfort during any dental procedure, especially ones that may cause anxiety because of previous dental phobia.
Endodontic treatment helps you maintain your natural smile, continue eating the foods you love and limits the need for ongoing dental work. With proper care, most teeth that have had root canal treatment can last a lifetime.