If my tooth doesn’t hurt, why do I need endodontic treatment?

Arlington endodonticsHas your dentist referred you to an endodontist for root canal treatment? Perhaps you are perplexed about why you need a root canal because you are not presenting obvious symptoms like tooth pain. When your oral healthcare provider recommends endodontics, it is for good reason. Receiving treatment for an infected root canal can help you keep your biological tooth much longer.

Root canal treatment is a tooth-saving procedure that prevents the development of complications associated with internal tooth infections. For instance, foregoing endodontics could lead to the development of an abscess, which will ultimately require the removal of a tooth to preserve oral health.

Our endodontist provides gentle and effective root canal therapy.

What is the root canal?

The root canal is a part of a tooth’s anatomy. Located inside a tooth, the root canal is a hollowed chamber that contains important cellular material (dental pulp) and nerve endings. When a tooth is healthy, the root canal is not exposed to debris or bacteria, but when a tooth is damaged by injury or decay, the contents of the root canal can become infected.

If the contents of the root canal become infected, a tooth is at risk for developing irreparable damage if professional treatment isn’t received quickly. Infected root canals can produce discomfort in the form of toothaches, but it’s not uncommon for root canal treatment to be necessary when a person isn’t presenting noticeable symptoms.

Why do root canals become infected?

The structures inside a root canal become infected because they cannot fight off harmful bacteria. Our mouths are home to millions of bacteria, many of them harmful. Healthy root canals are not exposed to irritants like debris and bacteria. Once a tooth is permanently damaged, it must be professionally treated to stop the advancement of disease.

Will I need a dental crown?

Receiving a restoration after root canal treatment is common – especially since root canals are needed following extensive tooth decay and injuries like chips and cracks. Dental crowns are popular restorations for diseased and damaged teeth because they provide protection to all a tooth’s visible structure.

For additional information or to reserve a consultation, call Jill Peterson Endodontics today.