- Infected or sick tooth due to decay or injury
- Chronic tooth pain when contacting hot and cold liquids
- Pain from pressure or biting down
- Danger of infection spreading
Inside each tooth is a pulp chamber that contains the nerves and blood supply for the tooth. When the pulp becomes infected or damaged due to decay, fracture or injury, it must be removed from the center of the tooth. This is done in order to save the rest of the structure of the tooth.
All teeth that have had root canal therapy must be protected with a tooth-like porcelain covering known as a crown (learn about crowns herelearn about crowns here) This is because teeth that have had the pulp removed are more susceptible to fracture.
- Saves a tooth from having to be removed
- Relieves pain
- Maintains bite stability
Root canal therapy is an excellent way to save a tooth that would otherwise die and need to be removed.
- Tooth removal and then bridge or implant placement
The only real alternative is to remove the sick tooth. However, this will require a dental implant or a bridge to fill the space and prevent shifting and weakening to the surrounding teeth.