Root Canal Therapy

     Root canals are tiny passageways that branch off from beneath the top of the tooth, coursing their way downward, until they reach the tip of the root. All teeth have between one and four root canals. Many tooth problems involve bacterial infections (decay) that spread to the pulp (the inner chamber of the tooth containing blood vessels, nerves and other tissues). When the bacterial infection worsens, it will begin affecting the roots. Pain and sensitivity are usually the first indications of a problem with a diseased inner tooth, followed by a host of problems. This spreading infection can cause small pockets of pus to develop, which can lead to an abscess. Traumatic injury to a tooth can also compromise the pulp, leading to similar problems. Root canal therapy is a remarkable treatment with a very high rate of success, and involves removing the diseased pulp tissue, halting the spread of infection and restoring the healthy portion of the tooth. In fact, root canal therapy is designed to save a problem tooth rather than having to extract the tooth.

 Root Canal

      Root canal therapy usually entails one to three visits. During the first visit, a small opening is made through the top of the tooth and into the inner chamber (called the pulp chamber). Diseased tissue is removed, the inner chamber cleansed and disinfected, and the tiny canals reshaped. The cleansed chamber and canals are filled with an elastic material and medication designed to prevent infection. If necessary, the opening is temporarily filled until a permanent seal is made with a crown.

      Most patients who have a root canal experience little or no discomfort or pain, and enjoy a restored tooth that can last almost as long as its healthy original. If necessary, our office also provides oral sedation services to make you feel more comfortable. If you have been suffering from tooth pain, or need an evaluation of your overall dental health, Doctors Mogle and Jouett can help. Call Smile Restorations today at 979-846-1121.