If the dental cavity is not large enough to cause the tooth to fail, a root canal treatment will be recommended. Root canal treatment allows the patient to save the tooth. The root canal treatment comprises of removal of the infected nerve tissue and filling the tooth with biologically inert material. The root canal treatment will be performed by your general dentist, family dentist, or endodontist.
Once the root canal treatment is completed by your dentist, they will recommend a dental crown to protect the tooth. A dental crown is very important part of the success of your root canal treatment. After the root canal treatment the tooth becomes brittle and more prone to fracture. The complete coverage with a dental crown protects the integrity of the tooth structure and increases the longevity. If the tooth that required the root canal treatment already has a crown present it may need to be replaced.
To perform the root canal treatment all the decayed and infected tooth is removed and an access opening is made to the root canal chamber. This results in a weakened, hollowed tooth structure; so your general dentist or family dentist will place a build-up prior to starting the crown preparation. A tooth build-up material is a mercury free composite substance that takes place of the missing tooth structure and enables your dentist to create ideal dimensions of the remaining tooth. This tooth build-up seals the root canal chambers from getting re-infected.
If a crown or build-up is not placed within 30 days of the root canal treatment the procedure will need to re-done to ensure success and longevity of the tooth.
Will my Root Canal Treatment Fail?
When the dental cavity compromises the tooth, a root canal treatment will be recommended. Root canal treatment allows the patient to save the tooth. The root canal treatment comprises of removal of the infected nerve tissue and filling the tooth with biologically inert material. The root canal treatment will be performed by your general dentist, family dentist, or endodontist.
When your general dentist advises, or recommends a root canal treatment it is suggested to have it done as soon as possible. Long standing dental infections are hard to treat as bacteria colonizes in the area decreasing the chances of root canal treatment success. Presence of dental pus due to long standing infection reduces the chance of achieving perfect numbing of the tooth. The dental pus interacts with the anesthetic material and renders it inactive.
It is very essential to have a dental crown and a dental build-up placed as soon as possible for the success and longevity of the root canal treatment. If the root canal chambers are not sealed then the chance of re-infection and fracture to the tooth increases. Your general dentist or family dentist will recommend the right dental crown for your dental needs. If within 30 days of have the root canal treatment performed the root canal procedure will need to be re-done.
If your root canal treatment does fail then you are looking at re-treatment of your root canal or in worse cases a dental extraction. Often patients are referred to a specialist which is an endodontist by their family dentist. This is due to the special microscopes that will allow the endodontist to know if the tooth is fractured or cracked. If the tooth is fractured or cracked then a dental extraction is required. Should a dental extraction be required patients will have the choice of a dental implant or a dental bridge.
At Carrollton Smiles, Dr. Sirisha Bhandaru, understands that root canal treatment and dental crowns are costly which is why she offers our Dental Advantage Program which allows patients to get to notch care at an affordable rate. As a part of the Dental Advantage Program all dental treatment is 15% off the regular office fees.
Call Carrollton Smiles at 972-245-3455 or visit our website to book an online appointment at www.carrollton-smiles.com.