There is no dental treatment dreaded more by patients than the root canal. Root canal therapy, also known as endodontic therapy, is a procedure performed by a dentist in an attempt to save a natural tooth from extensive damage, infection, or even extraction. While this procedure is often associated with pain, it is commonly a toothache that brings patients to the dentist for an evaluation. The root canal procedure itself is done with proper sedation and anesthetics for a pain-free experience, and can be done to maintain a natural, healthy smile whenever possible!
What are the signs of requiring root canal therapy?
The most significant sign that may indicate the need for root canal therapy is the development of a severe toothache. This occurs because the tooth is infected or damaged down to the nerves that are housed in the dental pulp within the tooth. During root canal therapy, the dental pulp is removed from inside of the tooth, and the area is sealed with gutta percha followed by composite resin bonding. In many cases, the dentist will also place a dental crown over the tooth, as it can become weakened with time and more susceptible to damage.
Are there any alternative treatments to endodontic therapy?
Unfortunately, root canals do not have an alternative procedure that can be performed outside of extracting the natural tooth. This is because the tooth is too damaged to repair. This is also why it is so important to catch problems in their earliest stage to avoid putting a patient in this position. Root canal therapy is often highly successful and allows patients to maintain their natural smile and avoid the time, cost, and troubles of seeking tooth replacement options.
Do you believe you need root canal therapy?
Don’t delay in getting treatment! Dr. M. H. Peters of Peters Dental Associates of Houston, TX provides root canal therapy along with a wide range of other general, cosmetic, and restorative procedures for new and current patients in his practice. Call the office at (281) 486-8061 to book an appointment at our practice, conveniently located in Suite #100 at 2508 Bay Area Boulevard.