What Is Root Canal Therapy?
Root Canal Therapy
A diseased or infected tooth is a sure sign that a patient needs to see a dentist for assistance. Symptoms include pain, discoloration of the tooth, and swelling of the gums. Infection is confirmed with x-rays from a dentist at Rush Creek Dentistry in Arlington. When infection or disease occurs to a tooth, the first line of defense is root canal therapy.
What is root canal therapy? This procedure is completed by a dentist to save the natural tooth. Instead of extracting the diseased tooth, the inner portion of the tooth is removed, disinfected, and filled. This treatment addresses the infection and allows the natural tooth to remain in place. Restorative procedures to repair a smile after a tooth has been extracted can be costly and time-consuming, so root canal therapy is the best course of action to save the smile.
Inside of the tooth is the dental pulp, which holds the nerves and blood supply. Dental pulp is unable to heal after it is damaged, which requires the dentist to remove it to save a tooth. When this tissue is removed, it allows the dentist to disinfect the area and seal the tooth. If necessary, a dental crown is bonded over the tooth to protect it from damage, as it can become weak over time with the removal of the blood supply. This dental crown is fabricated with porcelain and designed to match the color and appearance of the existing natural teeth for aesthetic purposes.
The procedure is very simple and painless when managed with anesthetics, and sedation is available if desired. Patients are educated on the procedure before it is done, and are instructed on what to expect before, during, and after treatment. Patients receive aftercare instructions when they leave the practice.
The team at Rush Creek Dentistry offers a state-of-the-art facility and quality care to assist patients in their time of need. When infection and pain develops within a tooth, our team of experts is available to help. If you believe you are dealing with a diseased or infected tooth, contact our team today to schedule an initial examination to determine if root canal therapy can restore your quality of life.