Dr. Grant Moldenhauer & Associates - Endodontics
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. Moldenhauer to better understand the extent of your tooth decay. Once he establishes a diagnosis, he can determine the best treatment option. A root canal, along with other endodontic treatments, is one of the most effective ways to restore a damaged tooth without compromising its underlying structure.
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?
Dr. Moldenhauer will be able to tell whether you need a root canal during an examination. As he examines your dentition, he 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. Dr. Moldenhauer will then create a hole within the crown of your tooth to gain access to the pulp. He will remove the infected pulp and replace it with a composite resin material. Afterward, he 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. Dr. Moldenhauer can provide you with some tips to ensure your smile remains healthy.
Call Today to Learn more!
If you would like more information about endodontics, or to find out whether a root canal is right for you, contact Dr. Moldenhauer and schedule an appointment!