When a tooth is threatened by acute decay, periodontal disease, or damage from an injury, Aspen Dental of Cache Valley’s experts must make a judgment call concerning the course of treatment. If the pulp of the tooth is infected or inflamed, a root canal is often the only way to save the tooth.
During a root canal treatment (or endodontic treatment), the soft tissue in the root of the tooth is taken out. This tissue contains veins, arteries, and lymph vessels. Once the roots are removed and widened, they are filled with a special rubber material.
The root canal is only the first step in the complete tooth restoration. After the root canal, without a crown, the tooth will become dry and brittle. The final processes are the core build-up and crown.
At Aspen Dental of Cache Valley, we create strong, natural-looking crowns that blend seamlessly with the surrounding teeth. With proper oral hygiene and semiannual visits to your dentist, a tooth with a filled root can often function problem—free for the rest of a patient’s life.
I am Blake Cameron, DDS, of Aspen Dental of Cache Valley. I have been practicing dentistry since 2012. During that time I have seen hundreds of teeth saved by this effective dental procedure. Root canal therapy has a very high success rate.
Because teeth with infected pulp tissue often do not create symptoms, it is critical to have regular dental examinations. I can determine which (if any) teeth have infected roots. If the infection in the soft pulp tissue is left untreated, it can advance to a point where the tooth cannot be saved.
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