What is Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy can relieve dental pain and save your natural teeth. The doctors at Wichita Family Dental are root canal experts. A root canal treatment is recommended to repair or to save a tooth that has severely decayed and become infected. When the nerve of the tooth becomes infected, a root canal may save the original tooth and maintain its function instead of extracting it and replacing it with an artificial one. To stop the infection and get you out of pain, your Wichita Family Dental doctor will remove the infected or inflamed pulp inside of your tooth. The tooth will then be cleaned and sealed to prevent further damage. If left untreated, an abscess may form and extend the infection beyond the tooth root. This can result in swelling of parts of the face and possible bone loss.
Patients are a bit anxious when told that they have to undergo a root canal because they fear it is a painful procedure. But most of our patients actually say that it’s less painful than a dental filling.
Why preserve your natural teeth?
When possible, you should always attempt to save your natural teeth. Missing teeth may cause other teeth to shift and affect your ability to chew properly. This may lead to more, costly procedures in the future. In addition, tooth extraction and the replacement of an extracted tooth with an artificial tooth takes additional time and money.
Benefits of a Root Canal
- Relieves pain associated with tooth decay or infection
- Preserves your natural teeth and their function
- Can prevent the spread of infection
- Covered by many insurance plans
What is a root canal procedure like at Wichita Family Dental?
Your Wichita Family Dental doctor will carefully evaluate your situation and present a customized treatment plan based on your consultation and a series of tests such as x-rays. A root canal is typically done in one visit at Wichita Family Dental.
Things you should know about root canal therapy at Wichita Family Dental
We guarantee that after a root canal, patients will be relieved of the pain that they were feeling prior to the procedure and that their teeth will be restored to full function. Without proper oral care after the procedure is done, however, the tooth can become infected again and retreatment may be required. Also, the normal wear and tear of the restoration could breakdown the seal of the treated tooth and contaminate it again.