Where the nerve of a tooth has died, but the tooth is firmly connected in the bone, root canal therapy can be used to retain the tooth in the bone, and ultimately retain the tooth in the mouth. Just as a composite filling is used to fill a space in a decayed tooth, root canal therapy is used to fill the nerve space inside the root. Often people call a tooth requiring root canal therapy a dead tooth but this is not entirely accurate. While the nerve of the tooth may have died, the attachment of the tooth to the bone is still alive and functional.
- Root Canal Therapy preserves the tooth and maintains the bone
- Root Canal Therapy allows for a restoration to be done afterwards, resulting in a saved tooth
- Root Canal Therapy eliminates pain in an abscessed tooth and relieves pressure and discomfort
Root Canal Therapy always necessitates the placement of a crown after healing, to maintain years of service and function from the restored tooth.