Saving a tooth is always better than a tooth extraction. At Waldorf Dental Group, we make it our goal to do everything we can to preserve your smile. This means we only will recommend a tooth extraction when absolutely necessary. We want to go the extra mile to save your teeth and keep your smile healthy! Because of this, we will provide treatments to help restore your teeth and keep them free from decay and infection. One treatment that can help save your tooth from extraction is root canal therapy.
What is Root Canal Therapy?
Root canal therapy is very effective in preserving teeth! When decay begins to spread in a tooth it can easily be removed if caught early. Once the decay is properly removed, a filling can be used to seal the cavity and restore the tooth. However, if dental decay isn’t discovered early enough, it can spread and make its way all the way down to the pulp of the tooth. If decay or infection spreads to the pulp of a tooth, a root canal is necessary to remove all of the decay and pulp as well. If left untreated, the damaged tooth can begin to cause severe toothaches and pain, and the tooth could be at risk of extraction.
If a root canal is recommended, an appointment will be scheduled for treatment. For root canal therapy, your dentist will ensure that you are completely comfortable before beginning treatment. Sedation dentistry can be used to help you feel fully relaxed and at ease. Your dentist can go over your best options for sedation. Once you are comfortable, your dentist will begin to carefully remove all signs of decay in your tooth and also remove the pulp of the tooth. Once all decay is gone, the tooth will be cleaned and sealed. Normally, a dental crown is needed to cover the tooth to protect and restore it.
If you are in need of a root canal and are a part of the Waldorf, MD community, your treatment is just a phone call away! Whether you would like to schedule a consultation or a second opinion, we can help. Call our office today to take the right step towards preserving your smile!