What do you do when a tooth dies due to trauma, infection or severe decay? If left alone, the tooth would begin to resorb from the inside out, leaving you with nothing left to chew on. Thankfully, root canal therapy allows damaged teeth such as these to be preserved for an entire lifetime.
Root canal therapy (endodontic therapy) is usually needed on teeth that have:
- Very deep cavities
- Evidence of a dying nerve
- Severe sensitivity
You might ask why is a tooth canal necessary? The truth is that without a root canal, the tooth will soon be lost completely. As part of our family dental care, we offer evaluations and digital x-rays to determine whether or not your tooth is still vital or requires endodontic therapy at all.
Root Canal Therapy
During a root canal, the damaged portion of the tooth is first removed. Then, the inner nerve tissue is also removed in order to create a clean environment within the center of the tooth. A medication is placed into the nerve chamber and then the open space is sealed off. After a root canal it is necessary to place a crown over the tooth, as the non-vital tooth cannot withstand normal biting and chewing due to its increased fragility. Crowns protect the tooth so that it can continue functioning as normal.
Painless Root Canals
Surprisingly, root canals don’t have to be painful! In fact, we like to think that they feel just like any other type of dental procedure. At Dream Dentist, your comfort always comes first. We work hard to ensure that you are relaxed throughout the entire process, and even offer in-house sedation options for you to choose from.
Don’t put your root canal off before it’s too late. Conact our office today for a gentle root canal treatment that brings a smile back to your face.