If you have an infected tooth, root canal therapy is usually the most effective treatment to fix it. The procedure will ease any discomfort you may be experiencing and allow you to save your natural tooth. Dr. Willison is experienced in performing fast and efficient root canal therapy in our comfortable East El Paso, TX dental office.
Thanks to his state-of-the-art dental techniques and advanced materials a root canal will typically be the most cost-effective and best way to restore your tooth back to normal function while also looking great. But, what exactly is a root canal treatment and how can you get the most benefit from the procedure? This article will explain what a root canal is and if it is the best option for your specific oral health care needs.
What is Root Canal Treatment?
When the pulp and roots in your teeth become infected, immediate treatment becomes necessary in order not to lose those teeth. Endodontic treatment which is also known as root canal therapy removes the diseased and decaying part of the tooth. The procedure will allow you to avoid experiencing abscesses or tooth extraction with gentle and effective endodontic treatment.
Millions of patients have a root canal performed yearly, so there is no need for anxiety or worry if you are prescribed this procedure by our dentist. This ultimately means relieving any discomfort and saving your natural teeth.
The Root Canal Procedure
Root canal therapy can sometimes involve one or more dental visits. Our dentist will perform the following necessary steps to save your original tooth:
- The procedure will begin with the numbing of the tooth with a local anesthetic. A thin, flexible sheet called a rubber dam will be placed over your tooth to keep it dry. Then an opening is made through the top of the crown down into the pulp chamber.
- The tooth’s nerve and the pulp will then be removed from the pulp chamber and root canal to prevent any further decay. The root canal is thoroughly cleaned, shaped, and disinfected in preparation to accept the tooth filling.
- Our dentist will also place medicine in the pulp chamber and root canal to treat and prevent any more infection.
- The treated root canal is then filled with a material to seal the tooth temporarily. Antibiotics may be prescribed if the infection has spread beyond the end of the root to prevent an abscess.
- Finally, Dr. Willison will remove the temporary filling and restore the tooth with a permanent crown or a filling to strengthen and preserve the function and appearance.
How Does Endodontics Treatment Save Your Natural Tooth?
A tooth can be saved and preserved through root canal therapy. If the infected pulp is not removed, the tissues around the root of the tooth can also become infected, often resulting in pain, swelling, and in some cases infecting the surrounding teeth. Even if you are not experiencing pain, bacteria can damage the bone that anchors the tooth in the jaw. So without treatment, the tooth will eventually have to be pulled.
Benefits of Root Canal Therapy
There are many reasons for preserving a tooth with root canal treatment such as maintaining your natural smile, continued tooth function, and preventing ongoing costly dental work in the future. A root canal will allow the tooth to last a lifetime with proper care and oral hygiene.
A root canal procedure is virtually painless and will leave you with less discomfort during recovery than if you had a tooth extraction. Modern techniques and anesthesia make patients six times more likely to describe a root canal as “painless” than patients who have had a tooth extracted.
Efficient & Cost-Effective
Tooth extraction can take longer than a root canal because of follow-up dental appointments required for a denture, bridge, crown, or dental implant which also cost more. As an added bonus, most dental insurance plans will cover endodontic treatment. So, make sure to ask our dental staff if your insurance will cover root canal therapy.
Will a Root Canal Work for Me?
If you are currently suffering from a tooth infection, a root canal may be the right treatment for you. A toothache that is exacerbated by pressure or temperature change is the most common sign of infection. Other common symptoms of dental infection are chronic bad breath, gum abscesses, and internal discoloration of the tooth enamel. Dr. Willison may also recommend a root canal to repair a cracked tooth.
It’s important to understand that an internal tooth infection can worsen without any symptoms, which makes regularly scheduled dental exams and teeth cleaning an important part of your dental health. The doctor will conduct an exam and take x-rays to evaluate the extent of your dental damage. Then he can determine whether root canal therapy will be an appropriate option for you.
Schedule a Root Canal Consultation Today!
Schedule your next dental exam and root canal consultation today by calling us at (915) 263-8333, or click on the Appointments button above to book an appointment. Our dental team is highly knowledgeable and can answer any other questions about root canal therapy you may have.