Wouldn’t it be great if you could save a tooth that was in rough shape instead of having to yank it out? Well, thankfully, dentistry has come a long way in recent years, and now a new service, root canal therapy, can repair a damaged tooth root and make it so that a tooth doesn’t have to be extracted. Not only can this save one tooth from being extracted, but it will also help protect your other teeth from potential damage.
At Brentwood Dental Art, we are proud to offer root canal treatment in Brentwood to our patients and help them save their existing teeth.
Root canal therapy, also called endodontic therapy or the root canal procedure, is done to save a tooth from being extracted. It involves removing decay and infection at the tip of a tooth’s nerve by cleaning out its inside with small tools and filling any remaining holes made by that process.
For this treatment to be successful, our root canal specialist will remove all dental pulp tissue (the living center) to avoid contaminating healthy areas with bacteria during future procedures such as crown placement or porcelain veneers.
The space in which teeth are prepared for fillings is then filled with an inert material like gutta-percha before the opening is sealed off using heated metal instruments.
Root canal therapy is usually required when bacteria have infected a tooth’s nerve. The infection may be due to an injury or previous dental work that was not done properly, in the case of teeth with deep cavities which never got treated.
A person who knows they are at risk for developing this type of infection should contact their dentist as soon as possible so treatment can begin before it spreads and becomes more complicated than necessary.
Taking care of your teeth and performing preventative procedures such as root canal therapy is our mission here at Brentwood Dental Art. If you think you are a candidate for root canal therapy, want a checkup, or want to learn more about root canal treatment cost and its pros and cons, visit our root canal dentist today.