When the tooth nerve decays or becomes infected, treatment is required in order to save the tooth. While many believe that removing the tooth is the best solution, this may cost more and cause issues with adjacent teeth.
Some indications of the need for root canal treatment may be:
The removal of the irritated or infected nerve tissue that lies within the root of the tooth. It is this infected pulp tissue that causes an eventual abscess.
Postoperative discomfort is sometimes experienced after a treatment visit. This is due to irritation of the bone surrounding the tooth and may range from a mild discomfort in the area to an occasional episode of considerable pain. This discomfort will usually maximize in approximately 48-72 hours and then subside. Please avoid chewing on the treated tooth for a few days.