When a tooth’s pulp becomes infected or diseased, it is necessary to remove the source of the problem. Root canal treatment removes the infected area, eliminates pain, and allows the natural tooth to function again.
Root canal treatment is actually the most comfortable way to fix an infected tooth, because the only other option is extraction and replacement. A root canal saves the natural tooth and can be more cost effective in the long run.
What Causes an Infected or Diseased Pulp?
Causes of an infected pulp can include:
- Deep decay
- Repeated dental procedures
- Cracked or broken tooth
- Injury to the tooth
When bacteria creeps into the tooth and reaches the soft tissues within, pain and health complications may arise.
Root Canal Appointments
During your first appointment, we will numb the area and place a rubber dam to isolate it. We will make a small opening in the tooth and remove the infected pulp. Next, we will place medication into the root canals to kill any lingering bacteria.
We will check the tooth and potentially take x-rays to ensure we have removed all of the bacteria. We will fill the root canals with a biocompatible material called gutta percha.
The purpose of your final treatment stage is to restore the weakened tooth. We will build the tooth up to restore its strength and natural appearance. We may use a tooth-colored filling or dental crown to complete the process.
Why Have Root Canal Treatment?
Root canal treatment at Traverse Mountain Family Dental is a relatively simple procedure. We used advanced technology, sedation dentistry, and patient amenities to make sure you feel comfortable during each visit. Most importantly, a root canal can save your natural tooth and smile!
If you are experiencing dental pain, give us a call at Traverse Mountain Family Dental today.