Root canal therapy gets a bad rap as one of the scarier sounding dental procedures, but the pain of the infection is actually worse than the procedure itself, plus root canal therapy has saved many teeth from being pulled! At Texas Avenue Dental, Dr. Espinoza is a College Station dentist that believes there is nothing better than the real thing, and leans towards conservative treatments to give your natural teeth the best chance. Without root canal therapy, your tooth would need to be removed and a fake one would have to replace it, resulting in a need for either a bridge or dental implant. Root canal therapy will save your tooth and save you money too!
When is Root Canal Therapy Needed?
Our teeth are complicated, with many layers and nerves running through them. Sometimes, due to decay or trauma, bacteria can enter into the root of the tooth and cause an infection. This infection is usually very painful and needs to be addressed quickly. Root canal therapy is the process of removing the infected area while maintaining the structural integrity of the tooth itself. In the end, your tooth will stay in place and the infection will be removed, leaving you with an all-natural smile.
The root of a tooth is embedded deep in your jaw, anchoring your tooth in place. If the root gets infected, the only way to save the tooth is to remove the infected area through root canal therapy. The way this is accomplished is by drilling down through the top of the tooth with a specialized and very thin drill, all the way to the root. Once Dr. Espinoza reaches the root, he will remove the infected pulp. Once he makes sure the area is clear of infection, he will fill it back up and seal it. Once the procedure is completed, just like a filling for a cavity, you’ll eventually forget the tooth is not 100% tooth anymore. The important thing is that the majority of the tooth is still there, and as long as you maintain routine brushing and flossing, it will stay there forever!