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Root Canal Therapy

When a tooth becomes too infected to be restored with a filling or a crown, patients may require a root canal. Root canals remove bacteria and the dying or dead tissue from inside the damaged tooth. This treatment can help save the existing tooth from being removed. After the procedure, the tooth will need to be sealed. Further restoration may be required and may need a crown or other restorative treatment. 

Modern root canals are more like getting a routine filling due to advances in dental technology. The procedure has become relatively painless and effective. After your procedure you will experience a small window of recovery time, but the benefits of the procedure include more efficient chewing, a natural appearance, being able to apply normal bite force, and reduction of pain.

Root Canal Procedure

There are surgical and non-surgical root canal procedures. Surgical root canals are performed when a tooth is too infected or damaged for a non-surgical procedure. A surgical procedure may require an incision in the gum to access the root canal to remove the infected tissue safely. A non-surgical procedure will remove the injured pulp by drilling farther than a typical filling, then cleaning the root canal and placing a filling to seal the hole. Both surgical and non-surgical root canal procedures will require a local anesthesia.

By having a root canal, your dentist will be able to ensure that the infection in your tooth will not spread to your jawbone or even your brain. There are health issues that can result from dental issues, including risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and respiratory disease.

Saving Your Tooth

Of course, saving your natural teeth is the most ideal option. A root canal can help save your natural tooth. Preserving your natural teeth is most ideal because the loss of a tooth or teeth can cause most obviously gaps in your smile, and you may have trouble eating or speaking clearly. However, there are alternatives to a root canal procedure which would require extracting the tooth and replacing it with a bridge, implant, or removable partial denture. Prosthetic options should be used as a last resort if decaying or broken teeth cannot be repaired.

Preventing a root canal can help you avoid nerve pain, infection, and tooth decay. Maintain healthy dental habits and brush twice a day, floss, and use an antiseptic mouthwash daily to help prevent deep tooth decay.

Frequently Asked Questions

During a regular checkup, one of our experienced dental hygienists will remove any plaque and tartar from your teeth and work with you to find the best way to keep your teeth clean and healthy on a daily basis. Then, one of our dentists will check your teeth for signs of cavities and other oral diseases, such as cancer.

By following our recommended teeth care routine, making smart choices about your food, and keeping up with regular visits to the dentist, you can lower your risk for tooth decay and promote overall health!

We recommend you come in twice a year to keep your teeth and gums healthy and strong. If you have any questions while you are here, our knowledgeable team is always happy to answer any questions about your smile. If you are due for a cleaning or are experiencing any oral pain, don’t hesitate to contact us to schedule an appointment.

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