Root Canals

Protect Your Teeth From Infection

Sometimes bacteria make their way into your tooth through small openings or cavities. When the bacteria reaches your dental pulp in the lowermost portion of your teeth called your root canals, an infection may follow. This infection threatens the health of your entire tooth. A root canal treatment offers an effective restorative solution to improving the health of your tooth.

What Is Root Canal Treatment?

Root canal treatment typically focuses on three primary factors: removing infected pulp, ensuring the infection clears completely, and restoring your damaged tooth. The dentist will begin by numbing your tooth and the surrounding tissue, so you remain comfortable throughout the procedure. Next, after creating a small hole in your tooth, your dentist will carefully and thoroughly extract the infected pulp. In the case of a severe infection, you may take antibiotics following the procedure.

To seal your tooth, your dentist will use a rubbery substance called gutta percha before filling the open space. You will then receive a beautiful dental crown, which covers your remaining natural tooth. A crown also restores the structure and function of your tooth.

What Are the Benefits of Root Canal Treatment?

An infected tooth causes many negative side effects and will not heal on its own. Fortunately, a root canal treatment may protect your tooth by:

  • Treatment clears the infection, the source of your discomfort
  • You may save the life of your tooth, which may abscess or die and require extraction when left untreated
  • A root canal will prevent the infection from spreading throughout your mouth

Am I A Good Candidate For Root Canal Therapy?

If you are diagnosed with a tooth infection, you may qualify for root canal treatment. In the case of a complex case, we may refer you to a specialist called an endodontist for treatment. Your dentist will take digital X-rays to determine the extent of your infection, before recommending a restorative solution.