Endodonotic therapy (or root canal) is a dental procedure
to remove a damaged nerver from the instrnal structure of a tooth. Once the nerve is removed, the exposed chamber and canals are sterilized and sealed. A crown is then placed over the tooth to protect and strengthen the remaining structure. If the nerve is beyond repair, the tooth may need to be extracted. In these cases, a bridge or dental implant are recommended for replacement.
A variety of reasons exist for requiring root canal treatment:
- Extensive decay allowing bateria to infect the nerve
- Damage to teeth due to blunt trauma or blow to the face
- Tooth fractures from cracks caused by silver fillings
- Frequent and repeated dental work over a period of years
- An immune system "malfunction" causing a breakdown or destruction (a.k.a., resorption) of the tooth root
Rarely are there no detectable symptoms regarding conditions requiring enododnotic therapy. Dental pain is an obvious sign that something requires attention, but it may be difficult to determine if your symptoms indicate the need for a root canal. Typical symptoms include: temperature sensitivity, spontaneous aches and pains, biting or chewing discomfort, or swelling or inflamation in the tooth area.
You should be aware that procedures like tooth whitening are known to cause temporary sensivity. In a very small percentage of cases, the application of veneers or crowns may cause nerve damage. In procedures that require no tooth preparation, such as Vivaneers™ or dental bonding, have no effect on tooth nerves.
Be sure you are scheduling regular checkups so that Dr. Carreira is able to keep a check on the condition of your teeth. Following up with the dentist is one of the best ways to avoid the need for a root canal. If you feel you may need to correct a dental problem by the means of a root canal precedure, schedule an appointment with Dr. Carreira or call 207-947-4767 to speak with a member of our office staff today.