Save Your Smile and Oral Health with Root Canal Therapy
If the pulp of your tooth becomes infected, Dr. Frank Avason III may recommend root canal therapy at his Denver, NC, practice. During this gentle and precise procedure, he will remove the pulp and replace it with a rubber compound called gutta percha. This procedure will strengthen your tooth and prevent future bacterial invasion. Like many patients, you may be apprehensive about root canal therapy, believing it will be uncomfortable. However, root canal therapy actually relieves pain. The skilled, gentle techniques used by Dr. Avason and his team help to ensure a comfortable procedure.
Why Perform Root Canal Therapy?
If you are suffering from a dental infection, or if you have a very large crack in your tooth, root canal therapy is generally the only way to save the tooth. Infection sets in when bacteria penetrate to the central part of your tooth. This chamber houses soft pulp, along with blood vessels and nerve endings. Thus, an infection in this area can result in significant discomfort. In many cases, you will not only experience a toothache, you may also suffer from radiating pain across your jaw and even into your ears.
Root canal therapy will alleviate the pain and discomfort in your teeth and jaw. In fact, you should experience an immediate improvement in your symptoms.
Along with this discomfort, you could also have chronic bad breath and abscesses on your gums. Root canal therapy is the only way to alleviate those symptoms without extracting your tooth. Dr. Avason can typically perform root canal therapy onsite, though he may refer you to an endodontist if you have a more complex case.
What Happens during Root Canal Therapy?
Prior to root canal therapy, Dr. Avason will administer nitrous oxide. Commonly known as laughing gas, this odorless substance will help you feel deeply relaxed, often causing feelings of mild euphoria. We will also numb your tooth and surrounding treatment area. Once you are feeling calm and comfortable, Dr. Avason will create a small opening near the infected tooth.
Through this access point, he will clean out your tooth and remove all infected pulp. He will also clean and reshape your root canals, using advanced rotary instruments for minimal discomfort. The entire process will take about 30 minutes to one hour, depending on the size of your tooth and the number of root canals.
After cleaning your tooth, Dr. Avason will fill the inside with gutta percha. He will then take impressions, which our lab will use to create your dental crown. Since we work with a local laboratory, your crown will be ready in just a few days. Dr. Avason will then attach the crown to your tooth, restoring your full dental function and attractive smile.
Why Is Root Canal Therapy Important?
Root canal therapy is a vital treatment for several reasons. First, it is often the only way to save a severely damaged tooth. Second, it will alleviate the pain and discomfort in your teeth and jaw. In fact, although you may have some slight sensitivity after your procedure, you should experience an immediate improvement in your symptoms.
Perhaps most importantly, root canal therapy can prevent additional dental health problems. If you do not treat an infected tooth, the bacteria can spread. It may move to other teeth, your gums, or even your jawbone. Thus, root canal therapy can have tremendous and long-lasting benefits.
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“Your smile is one of the first things someone notices about you—let us make it shine.” DR. FRANK AVASON III