Root Canal Therapy
Historically, the thought of having a root canal has not been a good one. Rest assured, however, that substantial advancements have been made in recent years, making root canals (endodontics) easier and more efficient than ever. When dental disease reaches the bundle of living nerves and vessels inside of the tooth; pain and infection are soon to follow, often necessitating root canal treatment.
Here are a few situations that may require root canal treatment:
- A cavity becomes very large and bacteria are able to reaches the inner living part of the tooth causing pain and infection.
- A tooth cracks or breaks and the inner living part of the tooth is exposed and often very sensitive or painful.
- A tooth dies and the nerve becomes diseased.
- A tooth is very broken down and requires a post to be put inside to build it back up.
While a root canal procedure may have had a bad reputation in the past, it often a very necessary treatment to save teeth that may otherwise be lost. Delaying root canal treatment is never a good idea and can lead to serious issues, which include:
- Intense pain and sensitivity.
- Swelling and infection.
- Tooth loss that would otherwise not occur.
- Destruction of neighboring teeth and bone.
New instruments and techniques have made root canal treatment easier than ever before. This allows the procedure to be completed in as little as one hour. Here’s what to expect in the event that root canal treatment becomes necessary:
- Numbing medicine will be applied to the area of need ensuring that treatment is pain free.
- The painful, infected, diseased part of the tooth will be removed.
- Antibacterial medicine will be applied in order to remove unwanted bacteria.
- A crown or filling material will seal the tooth to restore it back to health.
Root canal treatment is often a ‘last resort’ procedure to save teeth that would otherwise be lost; so it provides tremendous value to people who wish to save their natural teeth. In addition to saving teeth that otherwise may be lost; root canal treatment has other benefits:
- Relief of pain and swelling.
- Removal of unwanted and destructive bacteria.
Root Canal Therapy at Carver Dental
We know you’ve probably heard someone say, “It was worse than a root canal.” If so, please know that today this is more myth than fact.
In the event someone has cracked or broken a tooth, or is suffering from tooth sensitivity or pain; root canal treatment may be the solution, and we strive to make it as easy possible. Please contact Dr. Adam Holder, Dr. Dale Brown, and the compassionate team at Carver Dental for help today.