Root Canal Therapy
Root canals are the best way to save natural teeth in cases of severe tooth decay. And, contrary to popular belief, root canals are safe and relatively painless. Let’s discuss the details about root canal therapy at Southard Dental.
Understanding Root Canal TherapyRoot canals are actually quite simple. The procedure is similar to filling a cavity. When a tooth is severely infected due to damage or decay, the pulp that resides under it can become inflamed. This can cause extreme pain, and if it’s left untreated, this infection will destroy the entire tooth. Root canal therapy is used to remove this infected pulp. During the procedure, a small opening is created in the tooth, and damaged tooth enamel is extracted. Using specialized tools, Dr. Wrany Southard will remove all of the infected pulp. This pulp will then be replaced with Gutta percha, a type of natural latex. This provides interior support and structure for the tooth. The tooth is then filled with a permanent filling. Generally, after several weeks of healing, the entire tooth is capped with a crown to prevent further damage. The procedure is conducted under anesthesia, and typically takes about 45 minutes.
The Benefits of a Root CanalRoot canals have a number of benefits that make them the best way to treat severe tooth decay.
- Save the original tooth – Whenever possible, it’s a good idea to preserve your own teeth, rather than replace them with implants or bridges. A root canal addresses severe tooth infection and decay, yet allows the original tooth to be saved.
- It’s relatively inexpensive – If your tooth ends up decaying and cannot be saved, a dental implant to replace it can easily cost upwards of $5,000. A root canal can save your original tooth for a fraction of the price, making it a much better alternative.
- Pain relief – Infected teeth are extremely painful, and they can easily get in the way of your day-to-day life. A root canal removes the infection from your tooth to reduce your pain, and it typically only requires one to two days for a full recovery.