Endodontic therapy, commonly referred to as root canal therapy, is a treatment of an infected or inflamed tooth. The treatment is carried out in the pulp or nerve of the tooth.
The pulp is important during a tooth’s growth and development because it provided oxygen and nutrients to the tooth. When the pulp is injured or infected, endodontic treatment is often done to try to save the tooth.
Endodontic therapy for baby teeth is crucial because that is where space is being held for adult teeth to replace them and affect a child’s chewing and speaking. After endodontic therapy, the child will no longer experience discomfort in that tooth because the nerve tissue has been removed and the infection has been eradicated.
What to Look For?
Symptons may not seem obvious at first. Pain is of course the clear giveaway for Dr. Shah to investigate. A tooth that is very sensitive to temperature changes, tenderness while chewing, tooth discoloration, swelling, drainage and soreness in the lymph nodes,bone, and gingival tissues are all signs of pulptrauma.
Endodontic treatment (Vital Pulp and Non-Vital Pulp Therapy) is the best way to save a natural tooth. The tooth will be restored and can function as it is supposed to. It is always favored to do what is necessary in saving the natural tooth when dental care is performed.
Dr. Shah removes the inflamed or infected pulp, then fills and seals the space. Afterwards, Dr. Shah will place a crown or other restoration on the tooth to protect and restore it to full function.
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