A root canal, or endodontic treatment, is performed on a tooth that has an infection or pulpal inflammation. The causes for inflammation or infection can be deep decay, repeated dental work on a tooth, a fracture or crack in a tooth, or a faulty filling or crown. Severe trauma to the tooth can also cause damage to the pulp making a root canal necessary. Root canal therapy is often the only alternative to extracting a tooth. A tooth that has an infection, called an abscess, is not always painful. That is why routine dental x-rays and exams are recommended to help keep your teeth, and your entire body healthy and free from pain.
To schedule your check-up and ensure your dental health call Dr. Jeffrey Fortna at Mainstream Dental today at (717) 566-8161 or contact us by using our Mainstream Dental contact form .