root canal therapy
There are multiple reasons a person would require root canal therapy. They include trauma to the tooth, deep decay that reaches the nerve of the tooth and situations where the nerve of the tooth has “died” and led to infection. If root canal therapy is indicated it is completed in 1-2 appointments. First, the nerve of the tooth is removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned of infection. Second, a filling material is placed in the tooth and seals off the root. Oftentimes, a temporary filling is placed in the crown of the tooth to monitor it for a week or two. It is recommended that the permanent restoration be placed within 3 weeks of the completion of the root canal to prevent the tooth from breaking.