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Root Canal Treatment: When and Why You May Need It

Joseph Coupal - Monday, September 23, 2019
Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, Newton, Brookline, Wellesley, MA - Root Canal Treatment

Teeth are meant to last a lifetime. Years ago, diseased or injured teeth were usually pulled. But today, a tooth can often be saved through treatment.

Newton Wellesely Dental Partners can treat diseases or injuries to the teeth or dental pulp. This often results in root canal treatment. If the dental pulp is injured:

The pulp is the soft tissue inside the tooth that contains blood vessels and nerves. When the pulp becomes inflamed or infected, treatment is needed. The most common causes of pulp inflammation or infection are a cracked or chipped tooth, a deep cavity or filling, or other serious injury to the tooth. All of these can allow bacteria to enter the pulp.

If damaged or infected pulp is not removed, the tissues around the root of the tooth can become infected. Pain and swelling often result. Even if there is no pain, bacteria can damage the bone that holds the tooth in place in the jaw. Without treatment, the tooth may have to be removed.

This often leads to root canal treatment. When a tooth is removed and not replaced, the teeth around it may shift. This can make biting and chewing difficult and may make it harder to clean your teeth.

Root canal treatment can prevent these problems by saving your natural tooth. Also, root canal treatment usually is less expensive than a replacement tooth.

For more information on root canal treatment, contact Newton Wellesely Dental Partners.