When do I need root canal therapy?
Root canal therapy is required when a tooth’s nerve is damaged by decay or infection. Dr. Dastrup will recommend a root canal if you are experiencing severe tooth pain, sensitivity to hot and cold, swelling or an abscess on the gums. These problems may arise for several reasons: decay may have reached the tooth pulp, an infection may be present at the root tip inside the tooth, or the tooth may have suffered some trauma or injury.
In some cases, you may need a root canal when you aren’t experiencing any noticeable symptoms. To save the tooth, Dr. Dastrup will remove the pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth), nerves, bacteria, and decay. The resulting space is then filled with medicated dental materials that restore the tooth to full function. A root canal can save a tooth that might otherwise die and require extraction. Root canal treatment has a high rate of success and typically lasts a lifetime, though at times a tooth may require retreatment due to new infection. A root canal can be performed by Dr Dastrup, or a specialist that is known as an Endodontist.