Keep your sick or dying tooth.
- Infected or sick tooth due to decay or injury
- Chronic tooth pain from contact with hot and cold liquids
- Pain from pressure or biting down
- Danger of infection spreading
When the pulp becomes infected due to decay or injury to the tooth, the pulp chamber and canals become areas that bacteria can live and multiply. The body responds to the bacteria with an infection. The treatment involves removal of the material inside off the pulp chamber and canals in each root, sterilization with ozone, and filled with a sealing paste.
Because the teeth are broken down and become brittle with age a crown is usually recommended (see crown section). This is because teeth that have had the pulp removed are more susceptible to fracture.
Root canal therapy is a way to try to save teeth that would otherwise be a source of infection.
Due to a number of factors root canal treatment may not completely remove the source of bacteria and so infection may linger and be a problem.
The alternatives to root canal therapy always involve removal of a tooth. If one is to replace the missing tooth, options involve: bridges, implants, or dentures ( check appropriate sections). Generally price wise, these options cost more than root canal and crown treatments.
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