When decay or a fracture has exposed the nerve (pulp) of a tooth, it can still be saved with root canal therapy. Root canal therapy involves replacing the diseased pulp with an inert material that will keep the tooth functional. If the tooth is left untreated, the following symptoms may occur:
- Irritation (caused by deep decay)
- Advanced gum disease
- Pain or throbbing while biting
- Sensitivity to hot and cold
- Inflammation (caused by severe decay)
Current technology allows most root canals to be completed within one office visit. Your dental provider will recommend the ideal restoration that should be placed over the root canal tooth to strengthen and protect it. This may include putting a crown over the tooth. As long as you follow through with the recommended treatment, it should feel and function much like a natural tooth for years to come.