Endodontic Treatment (Root Canal Therapy)

shutterstock_165818507When a person has a toothache, there may be an infection in the root. To repair the damage and to stop the pain, a root canal procedure may be necessary. This type of endodontic therapy will help restore positive oral health.

Reasons a Root Canal is Necessary.

There are many reasons why a person may need a root canal.

  • Cracks in a Tooth
  • Deep Cavity
  • Repeated Dental Procedures

A root canal eliminates bacteria that causes an infection. When this type of problem goes untreated, a person may suffer from swollen facial features, bone loss, and tooth loss.

What is Involved in a Root Canal?

When you must undergo a root canal, you may need to visit your dentist one or more times to complete the procedure. He or she will take an X-ray to assess the severity of the problem. When it is time to begin, the area will be numbed, and a hole will be drilled into the tooth. The bacteria, pulp, and damaged nerve tissue will be removed. When the tooth has been cleaned, it will be sealed. If an infection is present, medication may be placed inside the root as well. If the procedure is not completed in one day, a temporary filling may be used to keep contaminants out. Oftentimes, further restoration is used to provide protection and strength to the tooth so that it is fully functional.

What Happens After a Root Canal?

According to the American Dental Association, proper dental care following a root canal may help it last a lifetime. It is vital to visit your dentist for regular checkups. Even though the tooth may not contain a nerve, it may still be affected by cavities.

For more information and tips about a root canal procedure, it is wise to consult with the friendly staff at the office of Dr. Dana Walters. To preserve your smile, schedule an appointment today.