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Saving Your Tooth with Root Canal Therapy


Diagram of tooth showing tooth rootA damaged or infected tooth can be quite painful, which can make it hard to enjoy normal daily functions. On top of that, if left unattended, the damage can spread further, leading to the loss of the tooth – or worse, infection in the gums and jawbone. However, lucky for you, it is possible to treat the problem early enough. At David Crumpton, DDS we offer root canal therapy, which helps to save your tooth.

What is Root Canal Therapy?


Root canal therapy is the treatment applied to a tooth that has been severely damaged by infection or decay. It is focused on the root canals, the cavities found within the tooth, which are filled with nerve endings and blood vessels. Root canal therapy involves the removal of decayed structures to prevent further spread of the infection.

Why Do You Need a Root Canal?


•  Tooth decay. Root canal therapy is used in treating tooth decay, where the decay has spread into the pulp cavity. In such a situation, the treatment helps to stop the infection, thus saving the tooth. It also helps to get alleviate the pain and discomfort that are common with such an infection.
•  Treatment for traumatic dental injuries. Following dental trauma, one or more of your teeth can crack, with the damage extending to the root canal. Root canal therapy is used in such a case to remove the damaged pulp, thus preventing infection.

What Happens During a Root Canal?


The first step into getting a root canal is getting an X-ray of the affected tooth or area. This is done to determine if the infection has managed to reach the jaw bone. Once the root canal therapy is determined, the procedure is carried out under local anesthetic. During the procedure, a hole is drilled into the tooth, creating access to the pulp cavity. The infected tissues are then addressed by removing the pulp and scraping the sides of the cavity.

The root canal is then thoroughly cleaned using an anti-bacterial solution before being rinsed with water. After cleaning, dental fillings are used to close up the tooth, thus protecting the root canal and preventing further infection. Temporary fillings are used immediately following the root canal procedure, but these are replaced with permanent fillings – which happens after a week or so after the procedure.

Expected Results After a Root Canal.


Here are some things you should expect following a root canal procedure
•  Pain. One of the side effects is pain, which can make it difficult to perform normal oral functions such as chewing or biting into food. Pain medication is, however, used to manage the pain.
•  Improved oral health. Root canal therapy helps to remove the damaged pulp material, preventing the spread of infection. Which can result in tooth loss.

Is your tooth decaying or damaged as a result of an injury? Do not suffer in silence. At David Crumpton, DDS we can offer you root canal therapy, thus helping to alleviate the pain and preventing further damage. Call us today at 817-678-7395 to find out more about the procedure.

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