In the past, if you had a tooth with a diseased nerve, you’d probably lose that tooth. Today, with a special dental procedure called root canal treatment, you may save that tooth.
Endodontics deals with surgical and therapeutic procedures involved in the protection of the pulp (commonly known as the nerve), or its removal from the pulp cavity when diseased or injured, and root canals.
Treatment often involves from one to three visits. During treatment, your general dentist removes the diseased pulp. Next the pulp chamber and root canal(s) of the tooth are cleaned and sealed. Often posterior teeth that have endodontic treatment should have a cast crown placed in order to strengthen the remaining structure. Then, as long as you continue to care for your teeth and gums with regular brushing, flossing, and checkups so that the root(s) of the restored tooth are nourished by the surrounding tissues, your restored tooth can last a lifetime.
Most of the time, root canals is a relatively simple procedure with little or no discomfort, involving one to three visits. Best of all, it can save your tooth and your smile!