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Why Would I Need a Root Canal for a Chipped Tooth?
Many understand the importance of a root canal for a tooth infection of a dental abscess, but there are times when a chipped tooth requires the need for a root canal to treat symptoms. Additionally, it can prevent the issue from worsening or lingering for an extended period of time.
Treating a chipped tooth with a root canal
If a dentist recommends a root canal for a chipped tooth then it likely means the chip has reached closer towards the root of the tooth. The following is an overview of why a severely chipped tooth may require root canal therapy and what to expect during the treatment process.
What is a root canal?
A root canal involves removing damaged or infected tooth pulp near the root of a tooth and replacing it with a healthy filling material. There are many reasons why a patient may need a root canal including for a chipped tooth, cracked tooth, tooth infection, dental abscess or to treat a dental cavity. The process is more invasive than a dental filling as it involves accessing the root of a tooth, but it can be performed with minimal discomfort to the patient by an experienced dentist.
When do I need a root canal for a chipped tooth?
Most instances of a chipped tooth do not require a root canal. Instead, mild to moderate cases can be treated by dental bonding, veneers or another more common procedure. However, severely chipped teeth that extend down towards the root of the tooth may require a root canal if any tissue inside of the root is damaged. A chipped tooth also increases the risk of an oral infection, and if the patient does not seek treatment, then the issue may lead to a tooth infection or a dental abscess that requires a root canal.
What is the root canal treatment process?
The root canal treatment process involves using dental tools or laser dentistry to remove infected or damaged tooth pulp. After the dental professional cleans out all infected or damaged pulp, they will thoroughly clean and disinfect the area. Next, they will dry the area and add a dental filling to replace the pulp that was removed. The process may cause some discomfort, and it is often required to undergo a few days of recovery, as well as, follow-up visits.
Will I need a crown after my root canal?
The root canal does not fully address the cosmetic appearance of a chipped tooth. Additionally, a tooth that is severely damaged by a chip is vulnerable to further damage even after a root canal. To solve this concern, the dental professional will likely recommend having a dental crown or dental veneer placed over the tooth for additional protection.
Consult with a dentist about chipped tooth treatment
When experiencing a chipped tooth, it can be helpful to undergo an evaluation to start treatment. Reach out today to arrange a time to come in for a visit. We can determine if a root canal is necessary or if another form of treatment may be more appropriate.
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