While there are many amazing and long-lasting tooth replacement options available today, keeping your natural teeth is still the best solution for a carefree, healthy smile. When a tooth becomes badly damaged or infected, root canal therapy is often the best solution to prevent the need to extract and replace the affected tooth. At AURA DENTAL, we are pleased to offer root canal treatment in our dental office to eliminate tooth pain associated with dental infections or tooth damage and preserve your natural smile.
The Steps of Root Canal Treatment
With today’s modern dental technology, getting a root canal is a simple and comfortable treatment option that is similar to receiving a filling.
Before your treatment, your dentist will numb the area with a local anesthetic; he may also use a dental dam to keep the tooth dry while he works.
Your dentist will remove the damaged tooth enamel using a drill, then use tiny instruments to clear out the root canals inside the tooth, which contain the pulp.
Once the pulp has been removed, your dentist will seal the root canals. In some cases, he may place the medication in the root canals along with the sealant.
A Zirconia or PFM crown is prepared and cemented to the tooth to restore its shape, structure, and function, making it impossible to tell that your tooth has been treated.
When Root Canal Treatment Is Needed
During a root canal, your dentist will remove the pulp of your tooth, which contains nerves, blood vessels, and other living tissue. A tooth does not need pulp to maintain its purpose in the mouth, but severe infections of the pulp can put the affected tooth and even your gums and adjacent teeth at risk for damage as well. If you have questions or concerns about tooth pain or other symptoms you may be experiencing, you can reach AURA DENTAL by phone at (832) 674-8043 to schedule a dental appointment.
- Cavities occur when the hard enamel of the tooth is worn away by acids that are produced by the bacteria in your mouth. If a cavity is left untreated, the bacteria can enter the pulp of the tooth, causing a serious infection that is associated with tooth pain and sensitivity. The only way to eliminate this infection is to clear out the affected tissue and seal off the tooth via root canal therapy.
Because enamel is meant to protect the pulp, a chipped or cracked tooth can leave the pulp exposed to the bacteria in your mouth and increase the risk of infection. If you have damaged a tooth, your dentist may suggest a root canal even if the tooth is not infected to prevent this issue entirely.
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