Why patients might need root canal therapy

If the words “root canal” make you cringe, you are not alone! Many patients dread being told they need a root canal, also known as endodontic therapy. However, root canal therapy is necessary in some circumstances and can help patients relieve themselves of pain and discomfort for good–while keeping their natural teeth in place. Drs. David Bingham and Don Cook of Northwest Dental Center in Boise, Idaho, can evaluate a patient and determine if they can benefit from endodontic treatment, either as a routine procedure to save a tooth or an emergency root canal service.

Understanding how root canals work

The purpose of root canal therapy is to save a tooth that has been damaged or is at risk of being damaged. This treatment involves removing the damaged tissue from inside the tooth, cleaning and disinfecting the area, and filling and sealing the tooth. In some cases, a dental crown may also be placed over the tooth to protect it from further damage.

When might I need root canal therapy?

Root canal therapy is often necessary when a tooth has been cracked or chipped, has become severely decayed, or infected. When one of these things happens, bacteria can enter the tooth and begin to cause problems. If left untreated, an infection can spread to other parts of the mouth and body and cause serious health problems. Root canal therapy can help remove the infection and save the tooth before it becomes a bigger problem.

What can I expect during root canal therapy?

The first step of root canal therapy is numbing the area around the tooth so that the patient will not feel any pain during the procedure. Next, your dentist will make a small access hole in the tooth to remove the damaged tissue. The area will then be cleaned and disinfected before it is sealed. In some cases, a dental crown may also be placed over the tooth to protect it from further damage.

Learn more about root canal therapy

Root canal therapy is a relatively straightforward procedure that can help to relieve pain and save a damaged or infected tooth. If you think you might need root canal therapy or have any other questions about this procedure, please contact our practice today by calling (208) 314-4416.

Root Canal Video

Root canal therapy is a very common procedure. It has a reputation of being undesirable and painful. But when done properly it is actually painless. Every tooth in your mouth is composed of a crown and a root. When a cavity or bacteria penetrates the tooth, the root and its nerves become irritated. As a result, the bacteria within the pulp cavity needs to be removed and cleaned in order to restore the tooth to its healthy state. Following the procedure, the tooth is fragile and consequently is restored with the natural crown for a lifetime of durability. Root canals have a success rate of 95% or greater. Most root canal are diagnosed by patients’ sensitivities to a specific tooth. Be sure to consult your dentist any symptoms or discomfort occur.