When Is Root Canal Needed?

James D Hooper DDS may determine that a root canal treatment (also called endodontic therapy) is necessary if a neglected cavity reaches all the way to the nerve inside the tooth. Sometimes, deep restorations or traumas to a tooth may cause the nerve to be damaged, resulting in pain and infections.
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Treating Infected Nerves

When the nerve is infected, it must be treated. It cannot heal on its own. The symptoms of nerve infections can include sensitivity to hot, cold, or sweets, and swelling, pain from biting or pressure, or a bad taste in the mouth could be the results. Sometimes no symptoms are present, and the patient is unaware of the problem until a dental exam.

Cleaning and Disinfecting

A root canal cleans out the infected tooth pulp and disinfects the tooth canals. The only other treatment would be a tooth extraction. Once the infection is resolved, the canal is filled to prevent further infection. Usually, a core buildup and crown is recommended for restoring a tooth that has had root canal therapy.
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“I was in bad shape after months of unintentional neglect of my teeth on my part. I had to have an unplanned root canal rather than just a crown. No problem! Dr. Hooper took care of me. Although I am careful about making recommendations, I would highly recommend Dr. Hooper and his wonderful staff without hesitation!”

- Jon S. on 07/05/2016 (Published on RateABiz)
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