When nerves inside the canals of teeth get contaminated, infected, or die— usually due to tooth decay or cracks— the tissues must be removed and cleaned out. Pain and/ or an abscess can present and persist if the diseased tissue is not removed with root canal therapy. Teeth can also suffer from traumatic events and require root canal therapy to remove the damaged or dying nerves. Once a nerve is damaged, it must be removed to save the tooth and prevent facial pain and swelling.
Root canal therapies are extremely common and usually painless procedures that our dentists may recommend as an alternative to extractions. They are predictable and offer patients a way to save their teeth. In certain cases, the doctors at Lake District Family Dentistry may recommend that a patient is treated by an endodontist who specializes in root canal treatments; for example, an endodontist may be necessary for procedures on a tooth with complex anatomy.