J. Eric Hires, DDS, Lauren M. Czerniak, DDS, and Nithya Nagaraj, DDS, will always support saving a natural tooth with root canal therapy whenever possible. Many patients believe that removing a tooth that has problems is the solution, but what is not realized is that extracting (pulling) a tooth will ultimately be more costly and cause significant problems for adjacent teeth.
Root canal therapy is often no more uncomfortable than a dental filling, but Hires Dental Care offers several options for sedation to ensure your comfort during the procedure. Your dentist will discuss the treatment plan and your concerns prior to your procedure.
About the Root Canal Procedure
An access opening is made on top of the tooth and a series of root canal files are placed into the opening, one at a time, removing the pulp, nerve tissue, and bacteria. If tooth decay is present, it will also be removed with special dental instruments.
Once the tooth is thoroughly cleaned, it will be sealed with either a permanent filling or, if additional appointments are needed, a temporary filling will be placed.
At the next appointment the roots and the inside cavity of the tooth will be filled and sealed with special dental materials. A filling will be placed to cover the opening on top of the tooth. In addition, all teeth that have root canal treatment should have a crown (cap) placed. This will protect the tooth and prevent it from breaking, restoring full function.
As with all dentistry, good oral hygiene and routine preventive care are important for maintaining long term results.