There are times when the central chambers of a tooth need to be restored in order to save it. This can occur if infection, decay or damage has penetrated the tooth’s pulp or center. Since the pulp contains the nerves of your tooth, it can be a very painful experience when this portion of the tooth is compromised. Root canal therapy is the general dental treatment of choice to restore your tooth and eliminate your discomfort. In fact, root canals are often the only procedure that can save patients from an extraction.
When are root canals necessary? Our dentists typically recommend this endodontic therapy when a simple filling or crown cannot properly restore the damaged tooth. Root canals are often the solution for the following situations:
- Abscessed tooth
- Severely fractured tooth
- Tooth with deep cavities
- Severe tooth sensitivity
Root Canals Are Not Painful – Infected Teeth Are Painful!
As with all of our treatments at Brentwood Dental Group, we deliver the most proven methods with a focus on your personal comfort. Your root canal is no different. Contrary to popular belief, root canals are no more painful than getting a dental filling. Root canals are designed to remove the decayed or dead tooth pulp, which alleviates the associated pain, swelling and sensitivity.
During a root canal, the infection and damaged nerve is removed from the tooth, and the canal of the tooth is thoroughly cleaned to eliminate residual bacteria. Next, a special biocompatible material is used to fill the canal and seal it from future bacteria invasion. In most cases, a dental crown is placed over the tooth to restore its strength and function. Rest assured that we create beautiful long-lasting crowns that match the color of your teeth and balance your smile.
Don’t suffer through the pain of an infected tooth. Contact Brentwood Dental Group today and let us work you in our schedule. To lessen your financial burdens, our St. Louis practice accepts multiple insurance carriers and we offer a variety of monthly payment plans.