Endodontic Therapy, commonly referred to as root canal therapy, is a dental procedure that eliminates infection in the pulp of teeth and prevents future decay. There is quite a bit of fear out there about root canal therapy. Cringes and shivers can be seen anytime someone brings up the idea of root canal therapy. Demystifying the dreaded term “root canal” can help you come to terms with the procedure and eliminate some of the fear often associated with it.
What Is Root Canal Therapy?
Root canal therapy at Biscayne Dental Center is performed by our multi-specialty staff that includes experienced endodontist Dr. Bertram Ivan Moldauer. The process does require a steady, experienced hand, but it is nothing to be scared of. Check out the six simple steps this dental procedure consists of:
- Step One: the entire area is numbed
- Step Two: a rubber dam is placed to ensure that teeth are dry during procedure
- Step Three: opening on top of tooth created
- Step Four: files are used to remove damaged nerve tissue, pulp, and bacteria
- Step Five: Any root decay or tooth decay is also removed
- Step Six: tooth is cleaned, sealed, and often fitted with a filling and/or a crown
Root canal therapy, or endodontic therapy, can be completed in one or two treatments, but the best results often come from single-treatment root canals. A successful procedure removes the pain and the source of pain from damaged teeth. At Biscayne Dental Center, we pursue root canal therapy to help people develop a healthier, brighter smile.
Benefits of Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy is required in a variety of instances, but most often is suggested for those with tooth infections, tooth decay (that goes quite deep), tooth abscess, periodontal disease, and tooth injuries. Root canal therapy helps not only eliminate current infections and issues, but also helps prevent the spread of infection to other areas of the body.
Without endodontic therapy, infection can spread from beneath the tooth and into the gums and jaw. The greatest benefit of seeking root canal therapy is stopping infection in its tracks and preventing it from occurring again. Once you understand the process, benefits, and reasons behind it, root canal therapy isn’t quite so intimidating.