What Is a Root Canal?
Root canal therapy is used to treat a damaged or diseased tooth, relieving pain and making the tooth healthy again. The procedure involves the removal of the damaged area of the tooth, cleaning and disinfecting it, then filling and sealing it. Dr. Romeo Ramos and the team at Frontier Dental can safely perform root canal therapy and help with any concerns, questions, or anxiety you may have about the treatment.
How Does Root Canal Therapy Save the Tooth?
Underneath the white enamel of your tooth there is a layer called dentin, then a soft tissue called pulp. The pulp contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. A deep cavity, a crack, or other tooth trauma can damage the outer tooth and allow the pulp to become infected with bacteria. If the tooth is left untreated, the infection can become severe, leading to the removal of the tooth.
During root canal therapy the inflamed or infected pulp is removed, and the tooth continues to survive, nourished by the tissues surrounding it. When you come to us for root canal therapy, a series of steps occur over the course of a few visits to our office:
- An x-ray is taken and examined to see where the decay is located
- Local anesthesia is given to the infected area
- An opening is created, and the diseased pulp inside the tooth is removed
- The roots and opening are disinfected then filled and sealed off with cement
- After a couple of weeks, we will finish your treatment by placing a permanent crown on the top of the tooth.
What to Do After Root Canal Therapy
Root canals have a very high success rate, and your restored tooth can last a lifetime with proper care. Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once. Visit our office for regular cleanings and examinations, and avoid chewing on hard foods like ice. Taking good care of your teeth can help prevent future problems.
Contact Us for Root Canal Therapy in Concord
Your teeth are meant to last a lifetime and root canal treatment can stop damage due to infection and save your tooth. The procedure is no more painful than having a filling done and is less expensive than a replacement tooth. Our root canal treatments are safe, clean, fast, and performed with your comfort in mind. Call us today and see if root canal therapy can help you restore your oral health, and your smile!