Although it’s preventable, it’s not unusual for one or more teeth to experience significant decay. Often, dental trauma and poor oral hygiene can affect the functionality of your teeth, requiring dental treatment. It’s important to schedule a checkup with Dr. Grant Moldenhauer and Dr. Brian Piercy to better understand the extent of your tooth decay. Once a diagnosis is established, the best treatment option can be determined. A root canal, along with other endodontics treatments, is one of the most effective ways to restore a damaged tooth without compromising its underlying structure. Contact Canmore Smiles for your endodontics treatment needs.
What Is Considered Endodontic Treatment?
Endodontics focuses on the substance below the tooth enamel, which is commonly referred to as pulp. When pulp becomes susceptible to decay, it slowly withers away at the structure and functionality of the tooth.
An endodontic procedure typically takes place in the form of a root canal, a procedure that replaces diseased pulp within a tooth and restores its function. A root canal is often the first choice for many dentists when they need to decide how to save a tooth. It’s conservative, meaning that it works to preserve the natural structure of the tooth before extracting and replacing it with another restoration. It’s also a minimally invasive procedure with very little downtime. Although root canals carry a bad rap for causing discomfort, they are virtually painless for the recipient.
Is a Root Canal the Right Treatment for You?
We will be able to tell whether you need a root canal during an examination. As we examine your dentition, we will check for any underlying decay and gum disease as well as assess your medical history.
A root canal can usually be performed in the same appointment and starts with the administration of a local anesthetic. We will then create a hole within the crown of your tooth to gain access to the pulp. We will remove the infected pulp and replace it with a composite resin material. Afterward, we will either seal the crown with a filling or replace it altogether.
Your root canal procedure should take no longer than an hour to complete, and other than a short healing period, you should be able to return to your normal routine within a matter of hours. It will be important to maintain good oral hygiene after your root canal so that you prevent further decay. We can provide you with some tips to ensure your smile remains healthy.
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If you would like more information about endodontics, or to find out whether a root canal is right for you, contact us and schedule an appointment!
Should You Replace Your Amalgam Fillings?
Metal was once the most commonly used dental material used to fill cavities and repair damage. However, amalgam fillings are less popular than they used to be for a variety of reasons. If you currently have fillings that contain amalgam, you may have been told you should have them removed and replaced with newer composites. The reality is, there are several important factors to consider before deciding which material to use.
How Oral Surgery is Used to Benefit Your Long-Term Oral Health
Ideal oral health involves making sure that teeth are not only healthy but that the surrounding structures in and around the mouth function correctly. Maxillofacial Surgery, more commonly known as oral surgery, focuses on treating many diseases, injuries, and defects in the head, neck, face, jaws, and hard and soft tissues of the mouth. Oral surgery is essential for addressing both the functional and aesthetic aspects of the areas listed above.
Understanding the Causes of Sleep Apnea
For some, snoring is merely an inconvenient late-night distraction. What many don’t realize, however, is that snoring may be an indication of a deeper health issue – sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a common disorder where breathing repeatedly stops and starts while a person sleeps. This condition can often go undiscovered for some time, but specific symptoms can indicate you may need to undergo a sleep study.