When is Root Canal Therapy (RCT) Needed?
A tooth’s pulp lies at the center of the tooth, surrounded by dentin (the main structure) and enamel (the outer layer). The nerves, tissues, and blood vessels inside of the pulp extend from the tooth and into your jawbone through the canal in the tooth’s root.
Severe cavities and structural tooth damage can expose a tooth’s pulp tissues to oral bacteria and infection. Root canal therapy (RCT) describes removing the infection from the pulp and root canal, then filling the canal and restoring the tooth.
Facts About Root Canal Therapy
- Also known as endodontic treatment, root canal therapy focuses on the internal structure of your tooth. In many cases, root canal therapy can be avoided if you treat your cavity with a dental filling before it grows too large.
- Attending a dental checkup and cleaning at least once every six months will help Dr. Browne detect and treat your cavities early.
- The pain associated with internal tooth infection can be severe, since the tooth’s nerve is directly affected. Performing RCT alleviates the discomfort by removing the infected nerve and tissues from the pulp.
- If the infection spreads far enough, your tooth’s root can develop an abscess, or pocket of infection. The abscess can result in swelling, more intense discomfort, and a higher risk of infection in nearby teeth, oral tissues, and alveolar bone.
- After root canal therapy, Dr. Browne can place a dental crown over the tooth to protect the structure from further damage and infection.
- If the tooth is too infected even for root canal therapy, then Dr. Browne may suggest tooth extraction to stop the infection and protect the rest of your oral health.
Find Out if You Need Root Canal Therapy
When decay reaches the inner chamber of your tooth, root canal therapy could be your last chance to save the tooth. To find out if you need root canal therapy, schedule an appointment by calling Dr. Browne’s dental office in Prairie Village, KS, today at (913) 901-8585. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Leawood, Mission Hills, Lenxa, Kansas City, Olathe, and all surrounding communities.