The idea of root canal therapy can be intimidating for patients of any age. The name “root canal therapy” itself might imply some level of discomfort. However, Fenton Family Dentistry uses the latest technology to make each visit both comfortable and effective, so that our patients can have the smile they desire. More in-depth than a regular filling, root canal therapy, ensures lifelong tooth health, appearance, and chewing ability.
Through repeated dental procedures, cracking or chipping of the teeth, or long-term decay, bacteria can take hold deep inside a tooth. This causes discomfort, appearance changes, and in some cases, serious health risks as a result of infection. Root canal therapy addresses these issues by removing all the affected material and replacing it with a sterile hardening agent. Not only does this procedure restore function and appearance, it retains the original tooth, and the patient’s natural smile.
Root canal therapy is a multi-step procedure. To treat and resolve issues in the foundation of a tooth, the tooth must be opened, cleaned, and repaired. This maintains the integrity and appearance of natural teeth, and allows for a lifetime of proper use and a healthy smile.
When decayed or infected teeth aren’t addressed with root canal therapy, anything from complete tooth removal to life-threatening health complications can result. Bacteria can spread to neighboring teeth and the surrounding tissues. If left untreated, patients can suffer severe pain, and infections can spread causing serious disease and even death. Timely root canal therapy prevents this.
The steps toward root canal therapy:
- Examination: Our caring staff will discuss your best options based on the condition of your teeth, and take any needed x-rays or scans.
- Infection removal: After a local anesthetic is applied for comfort, a small opening is made in the top of the tooth, and the decayed material is removed.
- Sterilization and filling: Once the infected tooth material has been removed, the roots of the tooth are thoroughly sterilized. Then, the hardening agent is placed in the opening, restoring tooth integrity and function.
- Sealing: A cap or crown is applied over the hardening material, permanently sealing the roots and giving the tooth a natural appearance.
With diligent care, root canal therapy is a permanent correction for decayed teeth. A few best practices:
- Brush and floss twice a day or more, especially after meals
- Schedule regular cleanings and check-ups, every three to six months
- Use additional oral hygiene products, such as mouth rinses
- Continue professional monitoring of the tooth, including x-rays
Fenton Family Dentistry offers a range of services to suit all your dental needs. Through careful examination, discussion of all potential solutions, and expert care, lifelong comfort and confidence is just a click away. Schedule an appointment today.