Root Canal Therapy

When the root canal of a tooth contains damaged nerve tissue, bacteria and infection are likely to develop. These infections can be painful, and when left untreated, can lead to more severe health problems. As part of our general dentistry services, Dr. Robin Rutherford and his team can use root canal therapy to eliminate your pain and reduce the risk of further health complications.

What is root canal therapy?

Root canal therapy, also known as endodontics, is designed to remove damaged nerve tissue within the root canal. This damaged tissue is often the result of a cavity that has lead to advanced decay or infection. Removing the affected nerve tissue can be a necessary step toward stopping your oral discomfort as well as the spread of infection. When left untreated, damaged and infected nerve tissue in the root canal can lead to abscesses, bone loss, or even tooth extraction.

What are the benefits of root canal therapy?

The main benefit of root canal therapy is removing the damaged tissue to eliminate pain and help prevent the spread of further infection or decay. Root canals are designed to preserve the natural tooth, and the advanced procedure has a very high success rate. When performed in a timely manner, a root canal can also help prevent the need for a tooth extraction or a replacement tooth.

What can I expect during the root canal therapy procedure?

Before the procedure begins, an anesthetic will be used to numb the area – sedation dentistry may also be used to help maximize your comfort. Once a small hole is drilled in the tooth, Dr. Rutherford can access the root canal to remove the damaged nerve tissue. Afterward, the root canal will be cleaned to eliminate any infection and bacteria. Depending upon the nature of your case, Dr. Rutherford may be able to seal the tooth immediately. Some patients will need to use medication to complete the root canal therapy, and in these cases a temporary filling may be used. If you have a tooth that has suffered from extensive decay, Dr. Rutherford may recommend a dental crown to preserve the integrity of the tooth structure.

Contact The Art of Dentistry

To learn more information about root canal therapy, please contact our office today to schedule your appointment.