Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy is a type of restorative dentistry because it allows the dentists at Lakeway Center for Cosmetic and Family Dentistry to save a tooth that would otherwise have to be pulled. Instead, the dentist treats the tooth, which can then be fully restored with a crown. Root canal therapy is much less invasive than tooth removal, which would create the need for tooth replacement with a bridge or implant.
Candidates for Root Canal Therapy
Good candidates for root canal therapy are those who have suffered facial trauma that damaged an otherwise healthy tooth or those with a severe crack or chip in a tooth that causes pulp irritation. Injuries, cracks, and other tooth damage let bacteria invade the area and get down past the tooth root. Deep decay may also create a need for root canal therapy.
An experienced dentist, like those at the Lakeway Center for Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, can evaluate your personal situation and tell you if root canal therapy is the best restorative dentistry option for you.
The Root Canal Procedure
The dentist numbs the area around the tooth, and then drills an access hole. Once the dead pulp is extracted, the dentist uses files to clean out the affected area, rinsing it out as necessary during the process. The root canals and the area that formerly held pulp are filled, which completes the treatment.
Often the tooth is left open for several days to allow drainage before permanent sealing. The restorative dentistry is usually completed with placement of a crown on the treated tooth, restoring it to a natural appearance.
Root Canals Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if I need a root canal?
Some common signs of problems that may necessitate root canal therapy include a toothache that gets worse when you chew or put pressure on the tooth; severe sensitivity to heat and cold; tender, swollen gums; a pimple on the gums that doesn't heal or that keeps coming back; and darkening of the tooth.
Is root canal therapy painful?
Although root canal procedures have a reputation for being extremely uncomfortable, modern dental techniques make them almost completely painless. A good dentist like the professionals at Lakeway Center for Cosmetic and General Dentistry will use anesthetic that blocks the pain. When performed properly, your root canal therapy is no more uncomfortable than getting a filling.
How long does the tooth stay healthy after root canal therapy?
Your treated tooth may last for the rest of your life, if you practice good oral hygiene and visit your dentist regularly.
A dentist at Lakeway Center for Cosmetic and Family Dentistry will provide plenty of help to keep your smile in good shape. Contact us today to learn more about our root canal therapies.