Root Canals – Alamo Ranch, TX
Save Your Natural Teeth
Contrary to popular belief, root canal therapy is not a painful procedure. In fact, this treatment is not only ideal for removing discomfort caused by decayed or infected teeth, but saving your natural teeth in the process. Dr. Moreno and Dr. Anderson are both trained to perform a wide array of oral surgical procedures, especially root canals. With their expertise, your next treatment is sure to be far more comfortable than what you were expecting. Don’t let your condition worsen, call our office to get your treatment scheduled!
What is a Root Canal?
Root canals are a relatively common procedure intended to save natural teeth damaged by decay or infection. When a tooth is severely decayed, bacteria is better able to access the inner area of tooth known as the pulp. The pulp is filled with vulnerable tissue and nerves, which is why you don’t really experience tooth pain until decay reaches this area. When bacteria reaches the pulp, it’s extremely susceptible to developing an infection and causing severe problems later.
Prior to treatment, our dentists numb the tooth and surrounding gum tissue to make you as comfortable as possible. The pain that’s often associated with root canals is more likely caused by the present infection, not the root canal itself.
How Does a Root Canal Work?
In order to access the inner tooth, we create a small hole in the top portion of the crown. Once created, we’ll begin removing infected gum tissue, decay and bacteria. Then, we’ll gently irrigate the canal to wash away any remaining pulp. In many cases, we’ll apply an antibacterial agent inside the canal to reduce the risk of future infections.
After shaping, cleaning and drying the canal, we’ll place a filling material that’s designed to replace the infected tissue. This material, known as gutta percha, also works to prevent future infection as your tooth heals. Finally, we’ll place a temporary crown on top of your tooth while a permanent crown is made. After about two weeks, you’ll come back to the office to have the permanent crown placed.
The Benefits of Root Canals
The most notable benefit of root canal therapy is the fact that you get to save your natural tooth. Dentists do everything they can to save teeth because no matter how closely a restoration gets to mimicking your tooth, nothing compares to having your natural tooth and root intact. Root canal therapy is meant to give teeth a second chance, so it’s actually a good thing to be told that you need one, rather than an extraction.
Furthermore, tooth extraction often takes more time and more appointments to complete. These treatments, along with the cost of creating and placing a complex restoration to replace the tooth, all lead to higher costs you won’t see with a root canal.