We will perform a root canal treatment when the nerve of a tooth is affected due to several reasons:
- The abrasion, erosion or wear and tear of the teeth due to them rubbing against each other
This nerve injury, according to its degree of complexity and scope, can lead to the need for a root canal treatment.
One of the cases that leads to endodontic (root canal) treatment is acute and chronic irreversible pulpitis, an inflammatory process that affects the pulp of the tooth, where therapy is used as a palliative treatment for pain and also as a preventive measure when the restorative treatment on its own is not expected to ensure the optimal health of the tooth in question.
On other occasions root canals are to be performed on teeth with chronic pulpitis, that is, teeth in which the nerve has already been lost due to an infection, however it doesn’t hurt. In these cases, sometimes an abscess appears – a small lump that occasionally protrudes to 10 mm above the crown of the affected tooth, root canals are to be performed.
However, the vast majority of root canals are performed on infections caused by extensive decay that reaches the nerve and produces severe pain.