Root canals are necessary if the nerve of the tooth becomes diseased or infected. This can happen:
- After physical trauma, like a softball to the face
- When a cavity that allows the bacteria to reach the nerve of the tooth
- When a tooth cracks or fractures
- After repeated dental procedures.
Sometimes as the nerve dies, it can give you a horrible toothache. Other times, it happens slowly and goes unnoticed by you. Either way, we can detect it using tests and X-rays. In most cases, root canals can be completed with very little discomfort to the patient. After a root canal is completed, a permanent filling is required to seal the area from further bacteria and replace the missing tooth structure. This filling is sometimes the final restoration, but often a crown is necessary to ensure the weakened tooth will not break or crack. If you have a toothache, please call our office today to schedule an appointment!