| 08/23/13

Root canal therapy is a typical dental procedure that many people will experience sometime during their life. Due to many fears and myths about root canals, most people have questions and concerns about the procedure before having it performed. The most common question that people have revolves around understanding why root canals are recommended.  Here are four reasons that your dentist may recommend the procedure:

Tooth Decay

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Decay or fractures have damaged the nerve of the tooth.

Once the inner nerve tissue of your tooth is exposed to decay or external elements, it can cause severe infections (abscesses), pain, and death or loss of the tooth. By removing the diseased or damaged tissue and filling the nerve chamber with a preventive material, the tooth can be saved.

You had previous trauma to the tooth.

Accidental tooth trauma can take years to exhibit symptoms if there was dental damage. Many adults find that a tooth that was hit during a childhood softball game or car accident can develop deep discolorations decades later.

You have an abscess at the root of the tooth.

Dental abscesses indicate that the tooth is no longer vital. If left untreated, abscesses can damage adjacent teeth or risk spreading infection to other areas of your body, such as the brain.

You are replacing a very large filling or cavity with a crown.

If you are having a crown placed, a certain amount of healthy tooth enamel is needed to support the crown. The enamel must also be adjusted for support. If not enough healthy enamel is present during the preparation a root canal will seal off the nerve chamber from risk of infection or sensitivity.

Drs. Herrick and Hoffner can put your root canal anxieties aside. Our Columbus, Ohio dental office provides on-site endodontic therapy with a gentle, attentive touch.

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  • Shammy Peterson says:

    It was nice that you pointed out that the root canal procedure could save a tooth by removing the diseased tissues and removing the diseased. With this in mind, I will be sure to see a dentist in order to request this procedure. I had a jet ski accident 7 months ago that caused one of my teeth to get damaged and eventually caused sensitivities.

  • Shammy Peterson says:

    It got my attention when you said that untreated dental abscesses could spread the infection to the other areas of your body when left untreated. With this in mind, I will be sure to see a dentist tomorrow afternoon. My two front teeth have been causing me so much pain, and I am afraid that the hole between my front teeth has been getting worse.

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