All teeth have between one and four root canals.
Severe decay, injury, faulty existing appliances, disease and more can lead to infections in the tooth that spread to the pulp. This pulp, which is a large collection of blood vessels, nerves and tissues, resides within the inner chamber of the tooth. When infection persists, the first signs of trouble can be intense levels of sensitivity or pain. These signs and infection can develop into further issues such as small pockets of pus forming, as well as an abscess or tooth loss.
Root canal therapy is a remarkable treatment, with a very high success rate, that involves removing the infected tissue- halting the spread of disease to the rest of the healthy portion of the tooth. In fact, although root canal therapy may be feared by some patients (a fear based upon exaggerated rumors and tall tales), it is one of the only ways to both successfully battle deep infections while maintaining the tooth’s original structure.This procedure, compared to an extraction and subsequent dental appliances, can save you time, stress and money in the long run.
Root canal therapy can usually be completed within one to three visits to your San Antonio dentist. During your first visit, a small hole will be made in the crown of the tooth, into the inner chamber. The diseased tissue will then be removed, with the inner chamber being cleansed and disinfected, and the tiny canals being reshaped. The chamber and canals will be filled with an elastic material and medication that is designed to prevent infection. If necessary, the opening will receive a temporary filling until a permanent crown can be synthesized. Most patients who have had root canal therapy experience little or no discomfort or pain, and enjoy a newly restored tooth that can last almost as long as the original, healthy tooth.