When the nerve of a tooth becomes infected as a result of dental disease or trauma, Dr. Zanthos may recommend treatment with root canal therapy.
During a root canal procedure, a small opening is made in the crown of the tooth so that the infected nerve and tissues can be removed and the roots of the teeth can be disinfected and sealed. Following completion of the root canal, the tooth is covered with a crown restoration to protect it from breakage.
Root Canals can be comfortable.
Contrary to the way most people think about root canals, they can actually be a similar experience to having a routine dental filling. The key is to complete root canal therapy before pain or serious infection occurs. If you believe or have been told that you require a root canal, it is best not to delay treatment.
Save Your Teeth...
A root canal is usually the recommended procedure to save a tooth that has become infected, rather than extraction. By having root canal treatment, the tooth can remain in position and maintain its role in supporting jaw bone structures, bite balance and proper chewing. Tooth replacement options such as a bridge, or implant and crown are more costly procedures than a single root canal and crown.
In some cases, Dr. Zanthos may recommend that a root canal specialist, or Endodontist, perform the root canal procedure. We then work closely with the Endodontist to coordinate placement of a dental crown following root canal treatment.
Prevention is the Key to Optimal Oral Health.
Contact us today to schedule a thorough dental examination and learn more about how to prevent dental disease (and root canals).