Do you have a severely decayed or infected tooth? To save it from an extraction, your dentist in Irving will recommend that you have root canal therapy to reestablish its health. Although the procedure has a bad reputation for being painful, several advancements in dentistry over the years now make it no worse than a traditional dental filling. Using new techniques and state-of-the-art technology, OnCall Dental can quickly rehabilitate your oral health while stopping your discomfort.
A root canal is an endodontic procedure that extracts the inner most layer of your tooth, known as the pulp. By doing so, it restores its health. A custom-made dental crown is then placed over it to protect it from additional damage while improving its function and appearance. While it is one of the most common restorative procedures performed in the U.S., your Irving dentist will only recommend it as a last resort to save your tooth.
Root canal therapy is recommended when the health and integrity of your tooth has been severely compromised by untreated decay or an infection. If either develops, it can cause significant pain and discomfort. If there are no other viable options for treatment, the only way to stop your pain and prevent the damage from spreading is with a root canal.
During the procedure, a local anesthetic is used to ensure a pain-free treatment. To begin the process, any areas of decay or damage will be removed. The crown of the tooth will be opened to expose the pulp. It will then be extracted, and your tooth will be cleaned and sterilized. A special material known as gutta-percha will be placed into your tooth to seal out bacteria and improve its integrity.
Now that your tooth has been rehabilitated, a custom-made dental crown will be placed over it. This is a cap that acts as a protective barrier while also adding strength to your tooth.
Although metal restorations were commonly used in the past, now that are made from an all-ceramic material, so it will match your exact, size, shape, and color requirements to blend in seamlessly with your remaining natural teeth. With the right aftercare, like maintaining your oral hygiene, your crown can last for an average of 10 years before needing to be replaced.
If the health of your tooth has been compromised by decay or an infection, take quick action to get the care you need. At OnCall Dental, we are here for you to provide you with the root canal you need to save your tooth.
Don’t wait until it is too late. Contact our office today to schedule your appointment.