Root Canal Therapy
To save teeth that have been badly decayed and or traumatized, many times we must remove the affected nerve tissue before restoring or fixing this tooth. This is what is called Root Canal Therapy. Over the years, it has gotten a bad rap in the movies and from mouth to mouth as people would explain their own experience with this procedure. Unfortunately, this is mostly not true and just rumors. The good old days really were no that for dentistry. The anesthetics were not readily available nor were they used much. So, much of the bad experiences leading to the negative connotations came from those days and patients having to submit themselves to torturous procedures while no anesthetic was used.
This clearly is not the case today. Most if not all patients experience a simple and painless procedure using what modern dentistry has to offer us all. For the most part, a root canal visit is similar to having a filling done. Requires your dentist to give you some anesthetic and then after a series of small unnoticeable files clean your canal space, the doctor will fill that space where by it creates the sterilized and clean space for the restorative dentist to do a finish restoration.
Most root canal procedures will require a crown to finish the entire process. While not all require a post to secure the buildup, some still do depending on how much tooth was lost due the decay and or access.
The process is the same for a single rooted tooth like an anterior or a multi rooted tooth in the case of a molar. However, the fees are usually higher the more roots are present. The object is to eliminate all the nerve tissue and all its surrounding affected or infected tissues by means of instrumentation and irrigation.
Then, by filling that space hermetically with a bio acceptable product, the tooth should live problem free for many years to come.