Root Canals

Alternatives to Root Canal

Once the inner pulp layer of a tooth has become infected, your choices are limited. You could have the tooth extracted, or you could choose to save your tooth with root canal therapy.

 

Apicoectomy Procedure

An apicoectomy is a minor surgical procedure that’s necessary when root canal therapy hasn’t completely healed an infected tooth.

 

Diagnosing Pulpitis

Any time the pulp of a tooth has been injured or irritated, there’s a possibility that it may become swollen and painful. This inflammation is called pulpitis. Occasionally, placing a restoration close to the pulp can cause it to become inflamed. Other times, the pulp may become inflamed due to an injury.

 

Diagnosing Root Canal Therapy

When the pulp of a tooth becomes infected or dies, root canal therapy is necessary to save the tooth. The pulp is a soft tissue made up of nerves and blood vessels.It’s contained in the pulp chamber, which extends from the middle of the tooth, down through the root canals.

 

Health Watch: Root Canal Therapy

The idea of root canal therapy can be frightening, but do you really know what a root canal is and why your dentist would say you need one? This is Dr. Mounce, he specializes in root canal therapy; he’s an endodontist.

 

Post-op Instructions for a Root Canal

Now that you’ve had a root canal treatment, it’s important to follow these recommendations to ensure its success. If we used an anesthetic during the procedure, avoid chewing until the numbness has worn off completely. Your lips, teeth, and tongue may be numb for several hours.

 

Pulp Capping Procedure

Whenever we are placing a restoration close to the pulp of a tooth, we may sometimes be able to keep the pulp healthy with a pulp capping procedure. It’s used after decay has been removed and before the crown or filling has been placed.

 

Root Canal Retreatment Procedure

In some cases, root canal therapy doesn’t completely heal an infected tooth, and root canal retreatment becomes necessary. There are several reasons why the infected tooth may not have healed completely.

 

Single Visit RCT Procedure

When the pulp layer of a tooth is infected, we recommend root canal therapy. We start the procedure by numbing the area to make you comfortable.

 

Two Visit RCT Procedure

When the pulp layer of a tooth is infected, we recommend root canal therapy. In some cases, we’ll need to schedule two appointments to complete the treatment.

 

What is an Endodontic Abscess?

An endodontic abscess is a pocket of pus that forms in the jawbone at the tip of a tooth root. An endodontic abscess is caused by an infection of the pulp layer of the tooth.

 

Why a Root Canal After a Crown?

If you have a crown, it was placed because the outside of the tooth was damaged and needed more than just a filling. But the crown doesn’t protect the inside of the tooth, called the pulp. The pulp contains the nerves, blood and veins that keep the tooth alive. If this pulp becomes infected, it will need root canal therapy.

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