Root Canal Therapy

February 18, 2020

If there is one single procedure that makes people cringe at the thought, it’s the root canal.  If you’re like most, you’ve probably heard all sorts of nightmarish stories of awful, painful experiences, and we’re here to set the record straight.  Like most dental procedures, it is all about the prevention of a more significant problem. Root canal therapy maintains the integrity and appearance of your natural teeth and allows for a lifetime of proper use and a healthy smile. Any pain involved stems from untreated issues, not the actual root canal therapy, which brings relief!  Let’s take a look at why it’s done, how it’s done, and why you shouldn’t fear or avoid it.

Each tooth contains a chamber and canals full of pulp. Inside this pulp are blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue.  Root canals link dental pulp to the blood vessels and nerves in the jaw.

When there is damage or deep decay, the pulp can become inflamed or even infected and spread to other teeth, nerves, and bone.  In cases where inflamed pulp swells within a hard tooth, the pulp is compressed, causing permanent damage.  At this point, the only reliable treatment is a root canal.

Modern root canal therapy is a multi-step procedure to treat and resolve issues in the foundation of a tooth.  A careful examination is always the first step to be sure we’re taking the most appropriate action for each individual.  Next, a local anesthetic is applied for comfort so we can create a small opening in the top of the tooth and remove the decayed material.  Then, the roots of the tooth are thoroughly sterilized. A hardening agent is placed in the opening, restoring tooth integrity, and a cap or crown covers the new material and seals the roots. Voila!  With diligent care, root canal therapy is a permanent fix.

At Fenton Family Dentistry, we use the latest technology to make your visit both comfortable and productive.  We offer a wide range of services to suit you and your family’s needs.  Expert care, comfort, and confidence is just a click away.  Schedule your free consultation today!