Root Canal Therapy
“Root canals” have a bad reputation as being a painful and lengthy procedure. Times have changed and due to newer techniques and technology root canal therapy should be a relatively comfortable experience. If you have ever had a toothache you likely understand what a relief it is to receive root canal therapy.
When the inner tooth nerves become infected or die root canal therapy is needed to save the tooth from having to be extracted. Some signs that you may need root canal therapy can be hot or cold sensitivity, pain with biting or pressure, dull aches, a bad smell or taste in your mouth and sometimes there are no symptoms at all.
If left untreated the infection can spread through the tips of the tooth into your jawbone and cause a painful abscess. Dr. Allen can perform tests on a tooth to determine whether this treatment is indicated. If you delay or decline root canal therapy often times the only other alternative is removal of the tooth. This however is a short term fix. The tooth will need to be replaced in order to avoid a chain reaction of further related dental problems from a missing tooth.
An infected tooth will never heal on its own, the pain or other symptoms may go away for some time but will eventually return. Although not common, an infected tooth can be life threatening.