Root Canal Therapy

What is Root Canal Therapy?

The very though of needing a root canal can strike up fear in many dental patients, but the reality is far different from the fears. Modern root canal therapy treatments are similar to getting a filling in many cases. A tooth-colored filling may be used to close the tooth after some root canals, while others require a custom-made crown to protect the natural tooth underneath.

Root canal therapy is an endodontic treatment option that provides a means of saving a natural tooth when the inside becomes infected or otherwise inflamed. The tooth contains several layers, with the enamel as the outermost later and the pulp, containing blood vessels, connective tissue, and nerves, as the innermost layer. The pulp provides the nourishment needed when teeth are growing, but a fully-grown tooth can continue thriving without the pulp by absorbing nourishment from just surrounding tissue.

When pulp becomes inflamed or infected, the cause can vary from impact or trauma to deep-set tooth decay and anything in between. Over time, the inflammation or infection can become painful, resembling a constant toothache in many cases. If the infection spreads, an abscess can develop around or near the roots of the tooth, leading to even more trouble.

In an effort to save the tooth, because all dentists prefer to help you keep your natural teeth as long as possible, a root canal therapy is performed. Similar to a filling to repair dental caries (cavities), the dentist enters the tooth with a precise drilling technique, removes the infected tissue, then cleans and disinfects the interior of the tooth throughout. A specialized material is used to fill the roots of the tooth, and some teeth have reinforcing posts added for strength. The top crown-portion, where the drilled entry hole is, can be filled with a tooth-colored composite.

If the tooth is strong enough, the composite filling may complete the root canal, but in many cases the tooth holds a large filling or has some other damage that requires a crown for protection. The crowns are available in a variety of styles, in traditional handmade or CAD/CAM designs, and at prices that fit a range of budgets, allowing us to provide quality treatment within our patients’ means. We also offer local anesthesia, deep sedation, and general anesthesia to make the treatment process more comfortable.

Contact Praxis & Klinik today for more information on Root Canal Therapy and other treatment options to improve oral health and comfort!

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