To prevent tooth loss and needs for dental implants, more than 14 million people undergo root canal therapy each year to help save their natural teeth. Root canal therapy is a fairly serious operation and requires a significant amount of training and education. Biscayne Dental Center provides root canal therapy to all those who nerve decay or infection beneath the tooth.
This treatment is chosen by individuals who wish to save a dying tooth by repairing and cleaning out damaged nerve systems. Although root canal therapy is fairly invasive, it also offers what is normally a lifetime fix to serious infection and decay. When a tooth can and should be saved, root canal therapy is almost always the right choice.
Why Choose Root Canal Therapy?
Root canal therapy is usually suggested by a dental professional who believes a tooth should be saved rather than extracted. There are a variety of reasons to undergo root canal therapy, but the main one is decay that actually reaches the living tooth pulp (or tissue) underneath the teeth themselves. Often, issues like abscesses and infection that have begun inside the tooth or at the very tip of the root are also taken care of through root canal therapy.
Sometimes injuries to the tooth or roots themselves actually require root canal therapy. Biscayne Dental Center has an actual endodontist on staff to perform all root canal surgery. As experts in root canals and other issues, patients can rest at ease that their root canal therapy will be executed flawlessly. How do you know whether or not you need this procedure? A dental professional is the only one who can decide, but the symptoms below should provide a glimpse of who might consider root canal therapy.
- Toothaches that are unusually severe
- Any type of abscesses on the gums
- Extreme sensitivity for hot and cold substances
- Tenderness of the gums
How Root Canal Therapy Works
Root canal therapy can take as little as one treatment, but often includes two or three. In order to make the patient more comfortable, the area in question is completely numbed. After numbing, a rubber dam is situated around the tooth in order to keep it completely dry and free of any saliva. Next, a singular access opening is created on top of the tooth in order to allow for root canal files to be placed. Each file is placed one after another in order to completely remove damaged nerve tissue, pulp, and any bacteria present.
Any tooth or root decay that is discovered is also removed, often with different equipment. Then the tooth is carefully cleaned and sealed with either a temporary filling or a permanent one. Further treatments usually include filling of the inside of the tooth as well as withing the roots. Next, a filling is fitted over openings on the top of the tooth. Finally, crowns are usually installed to keep the treatment protected.
Root canal therapy is one of the only procedures designed to rescue damaged and decaying teeth. Biscayne Dental Center offers professionals trained specifically to complete successful root canal therapy.