If you’re told that you need a root canal, you may stop to ask questions about why this treatment is necessary for your specific case. The doctors at Endodontic Associates Saratoga only recommend a treatment if they believe it is the best approach to saving your natural tooth. Root canal therapy works to restore damaged teeth, not cause discomfort or charge you for treatment you don’t need. We hope after you learn the reasons why root canals are recommended by our office, you’ll feel more confident prior to your next appointment!
After performing a thorough examination, which includes the vulnerable pulp located on the inside of your tooth, we can confirm if an infection is present. The main reason for needing a root canal is damage or infection of this portion, which is responsible for many essential functions. Without healthy tooth pulp, your tooth cannot form healthy dentin, supply essential nutrients and moisture to the surrounding areas of the tooth, nor keep the tooth healthy.
Furthermore, leaving the tooth untreated only leads to pain and the development of an abscessed tooth. An abscessed tooth is an infection that has spread to the root of the tooth. This type of infection originates from the pulp chamber, which is just another reason why completing root canal therapy when it’s needed is so crucial to preserving your natural tooth.
Before recommending root canal therapy, we always confirm if the symptoms of an oral infection are present first. This means confirming specific symptoms, such as pain or prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold. It can also include tenderness to touch or while chewing, which only makes it extremely difficult to enjoy the foods you love. Additional symptoms we may confirm prior to treatment include:
he most obvious benefit of pursuing root canal therapy is that you’ll be able to save your natural tooth. Helping patients retain their natural teeth has always been our highest priority. Needing a root canal may seem like a negative thing to hear at first, but in fact what it really means is that your tooth has a chance to be saved. Our office is fully equipped to ensure that your root canal therapy is safe, effective and as comfortable as possible.
Additionally, a tooth abscess is not something we want any of our patients to experience. It generally results in jaw pain, chronic bad breath, and even tooth loss. Since our goal is always to save teeth, a root canal would be the best solution to save your tooth and prevent these uncomfortable symptoms.