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!
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