How Root Canal Treatment Can Save Your Tooth

How Root Canal Treatment Can Save Your Tooth

Root canal treatment is vital to save a tooth that is infected or severely damaged. It involves removing the infected or inflamed pulp from the tooth, cleaning and disinfecting the root canals, and then filling and sealing the space to prevent further infection. Despite its reputation for being painful, modern root canal treatment is typically performed under local anesthesia and is relatively painless. Root canal treatment can save your tooth from extraction and restore oral health by alleviating pain, preserving the natural tooth structure, and preventing the spread of infection. With proper care and maintenance, a tooth that has undergone root canal treatment can last a lifetime, making it a valuable investment in your dental health and overall well-being. 

Why a Root Canal Treatment is Necessary 

Severe Tooth Decay

When decay penetrates deep into the tooth, reaching the pulp tissue, it can cause infection and inflammation. Root canal treatment is necessary to remove the infected pulp and prevent the spread of decay to surrounding teeth and tissues. 

Dental Trauma

Teeth that have been fractured or injured due to trauma can also require root canal treatment. Trauma can cause damage to the pulp tissue, leading to infection and pain. Root canal therapy is necessary to address the underlying issues and save the tooth from extraction. 

Abscess Formation

Untreated tooth infections can lead to the formation of abscesses, which are pockets of pus that develop at the tooth's root. If left untreated, abscesses can cause severe pain, swelling, and even systemic infection. Root canal treatment is necessary to remove the source of infection and prevent abscess formation. 

Prolonged Sensitivity

Persistent sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures and discomfort when biting or chewing can indicate underlying issues with the tooth's pulp. Root canal treatment may be necessary to alleviate sensitivity and restore normal function. 

Avoiding Tooth Loss

A severely damaged or infected tooth may need to be extracted without prompt intervention. Root canal treatment offers a chance to save the natural tooth, preserve its function and appearance, and avoid needing tooth replacement options such as dental implants or bridges. 

Preventing Further Complications

Left untreated, dental infections can spread to other parts of the body, leading to severe complications such as systemic infection, bone loss, and even life-threatening conditions. Root canal treatment is necessary to prevent these complications and maintain overall health. 

The Root Canal Procedure 

  • The first step in the root canal procedure is a thorough examination and diagnosis by our dentist at Ustick Dental Office. Diagnostic tests such as X-rays help identify the extent of damage and determine the need for root canal therapy. Based on the findings, a treatment plan is formulated to address the patient's specific needs. 
  • Before commencing the procedure, local anesthesia is administered to ensure the patient's comfort. Once the area is numb, the dentist creates a small access opening in the tooth's crown to reach the infected pulp chamber and root canals. 
  • The dentist carefully removes the infected pulp tissue from the pulp chamber and root canals using specialized instruments. The canals are then cleaned, shaped, and disinfected to eliminate bacteria and debris. 
  • After thorough cleaning, the root canals are filled with a biocompatible material, typically gutta-percha, to seal them and prevent reinfection. The access opening is then sealed with a temporary or permanent filling material. 
  • In most cases, a tooth undergoing a root canal procedure requires additional reinforcement to restore strength and functionality. Depending on the extent of damage, a dental crown or filling may be placed over the treated tooth to provide protection and support. Contact us today! 

The Benefits of Root Canal Treatment 

Pain Relief 

One of the primary benefits of root canal treatment is the relief of severe tooth pain caused by infection or inflammation. By removing the infected pulp and eliminating the source of pain, root canal therapy provides immediate and long-lasting relief, allowing patients to enjoy improved comfort and function. 

Preservation of Natural Teeth 

Unlike tooth extraction, which removes the entire tooth, root canal treatment preserves the tooth's natural structure. This not only maintains the integrity of the dental arch but also prevents adjacent teeth from shifting and causing bite misalignment or other complications. 

Prevention of Further Infection 

An infected tooth can lead to severe complications, including abscess formation, bone loss, and systemic infection. Root canal treatment eliminates bacteria and infection from the root canal system, preventing the spread of infection to surrounding tissues and minimizing the risk of complications. 

Aesthetic Benefits 

Following root canal therapy, the tooth is typically restored with a crown or filling, which restores its appearance and function. This restoration improves the tooth's aesthetics and enhances overall smile symmetry and harmony, boosting self-confidence and self-esteem. 

Improved Oral Health 

Root canal treatment contributes to better oral health by preserving natural teeth and preventing the spread of infection. Patients who undergo root canal therapy can maintain proper chewing function, speech clarity, and oral hygiene practices, reducing the risk of future dental problems. 


While root canal treatment may seem daunting, it is often more cost-effective than tooth extraction, followed by tooth replacement with implants, bridges, or dentures. By saving the natural tooth, root canal therapy eliminates the need for more extensive and expensive dental procedures in the future. 

Root canal treatment can alleviate pain, preserve natural teeth, and maintain oral health and smile by removing the infected pulp, cleaning and sealing the tooth, and restoring it with a crown. Visit the Ustick Dental Office at 9733 W Ustick Rd, Boise, ID 83704, or call (208) 375-8720 to schedule your appointment and take the first step towards lasting relief.

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