Save Your Tooth with Root Canal Therapy in Carrollton
Root Canal Purpose and Procedure
Did you know that root canal (endodontic) therapy can literally save your tooth from extraction? This tooth-saving procedure is a great way to keep your natural teeth without affecting oral function. Losing teeth is a very traumatic experience and tooth loss affects many facets of your daily life. When a tooth is failing, a root canal treatment may be the only way to improve quality of life without sacrificing a tooth. Our dentist performs root canal therapy to alleviate discomfort, remove infected material inside teeth, and restore oral function.
Why Root Canal Therapy is Sometimes Necessary?
Inside the tooth is a small hollow chamber where the nerves end. This chamber is called a root canal. In addition to housing nerves, the root canal is home to pulp, which contains vital cellular material. A badly broken or decayed tooth can develop a deep internal infection that eventually reaches the root canal. If the root canal is infected, the nerve endings and pulp will become inflamed and produce significant discomfort for patients. An infected root canal cannot heal itself, and without treatment, the infection will worsen into an abscess or cause a tooth to die.
An Overview of the Procedure
To save a tooth, root canal treatment is performed to remove the infected structures of a tooth (nerves and pulp). Using tiny tools, our dentist will gently irrigate and clean the root canal and then seal it to prevent further damage. After endodontic therapy, you may receive a restoration like a dental crown or filling to protect the external structure of your tooth.
Some people have a negative opinion of root canal treatment and associate this procedure with discomfort. Fortunately, most of our patients report to our team that receiving endodontic care is not much different from receiving a filling. In fact, root canal therapy will actually put an end to toothaches in an infected tooth.
Schedule Your Next Dental Cleanings
To schedule a cleaning or checkup with our experienced staff, call Dr. Capua at her Carrollton office today.