Root canal therapy becomes necessary when the inner nerve of a tooth becomes affected by decay or infection. When this happens, the tooth may become extremely sensitive to both pressure and temperature, and you may also experience intense pain. In the advanced stages of decay and infection, an abscess (pimple-like inflammation on the gums) may form.
When confronting this type of decay or infection, the patient has two options: remove the affected tooth or save the tooth through root canal therapy. Root canal therapy is a much more desirable alternative, as it will provide full functionality to the tooth and mouth and will not cause any future problems to the adjacent teeth. We provide root canal therapy in Louisville, Kentucky to help you improve the health of your smile.
Your caring dentist, Dr. McMillon, may recommend root canal therapy if:
- Decay has reached the tooth pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth)
- An infection or abscess has developed inside the tooth or at the root tip
- Trauma or injury has seriously damaged the tooth
The restoration that root canal therapy provides will usually last a lifetime. It will provide full functionality back to your tooth and mouth. There may be a need in the future to retreat the tooth, but this would only be necessary if a new, separate infection arose.
If you suffer from the symptoms of an infected tooth, we encourage you to contact us today to learn more about how root canal therapy can improve your oral health.