Dr. Danny Shiri does root canal therapy to repair and save a tooth that has been infected due to a deep cavity or crack in the tooth. The treatment involves removing when deemed necessary, and cleaning the infected area. If the treatment is not performed, abcess builds up at the root tip and the infection of the pulp can spread to the surrounding bone. The results in pain and swelling and your tooth would likely have to be removed.
Dr. Shiri shares signs that a root canal is needed:
- Severe tooth pain while chewing
- Your tooth pain wakes you up at night
- Teeth that are highly sensitive to hot or cold, with the sensitivity lingering for some time.
- Discoloration or darkening of the tooth
- Swollen gums in the area of the infected tooth
What does the treatment involve?
First, an opening is made into the pump chamber through the crown of the tooth. Once the pulp is removed, the root canal is thoroughly cleaned. If Dr. Shiri decides to complete the root canal therapy in multiple visits, a temporary filling will be placed to protect the tooth. When you return, the Dr. Shiri will remove the temporary filling, re-clean the root canal and pulp chamber, and place a permanent filling and/or crown over the tooth.
Root canal therapy has a high rate of success any many teeth undergoing the procedure can be saved to last a lifetime. Additionally, the crown or filling placed the completion of the procedure makes it hard to notice by others that you had the treatment.