Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy is a form of restorative treatment used to save and repair a tooth that has been infected due to a deep cavity or crack in the tooth. Treatment involves the removal of any infected pulp or nerves, and a cleaning of the area. The pulp and nerves of the tooth are not essential for the functionality and health of the tooth after it has emerged from the gums. If root canal therapy is not performed, the infection can spread to the surrounding gums or the bone, resulting in a higher likelihood of tooth loss.
What are the signs that a root canal is needed?
- Severe tooth pain while chewing
- Your tooth pain wakes you up at night
- Teeth that are highly sensitive
- Darkening or discoloration of the tooth
- Swollen gums in the area of the infected tooth
What does the treatment involve?
First, your Waxahachie dentist will make an opening into the pulp chamber, at the crown of the tooth. Once the pulp is removed, the canal will be cleaned. Based on the doctor's evaluation of the severity of the infection, they may choose to perform this process over two appointments. If that is the case, a temporary filling will be placed, and then removed at your next visit. Following therapy completion, a permanent filling or crown will be placed on the tooth.
Root canal therapy has a high rate of success any many teeth undergoing the procedure can be saved to last a lifetime. Additionally, the crown or filling placed the completion of the procedure makes it hard to notice by others that you had the treatment.
For more information on root canal therapy or to schedule an appointment today- call Morgan Dentistry at (972)937-6654.