March 25, 2016
The words “root canal therapy” frighten you, but they needn’t. In fact, this traditional dental restoration relieves pain and infection and breathes new life into damaged teeth. Root canal therapy is comfortable and takes just 2 short visits to the professional team at Wilmington Family Dental in Winthrop.
What you need to know about a Wilmington root canal
Today’s root canal therapy relieves pain and infection when teeth are damaged by injury, decay, infection or multiple fillings. An in-office service, root canal, or endodontic, therapy in Wilmington requires just local anesthesia.
The dentist drills a small pilot hole into one of the up to 4 root canals or pulp chambers. He or she then uses small dental files to extract the inner tooth pulp and thoroughly clean out the chamber.
Antibiotics at the site quell infection.
The interior tooth pulp contains the blood supply and connective tissue useful during tooth development in childhood or adolescence. However, a tooth can look and function normally without the pulp during the adult years.
After removing the pulp, the dentist seals the inner chamber with a rubbery, natural material called gutta-percha. The doctor repeats this process on the other canals and puts a temporary filling or crown on the tooth.
After some short healing time, the patient comes back to Wilmington Family Dental to receive a custom-made porcelain crown to finish the job. At this point, the restored tooth looks, feels and functions just like its neighbors.
The experienced team at Wilmington Family Dental works hard to preserve natural tooth structure for all its patients. Natural teeth preserve chewing and speaking ability, youthful facial appearance and jaw bone size and density. As such, root canal therapy in Wilmington keeps teeth that would otherwise be lost to extraction in service indefinitely.
In spite of what you may have heard about root canals, the treatment is comfortable, and patients recover very quickly. In addition, root canal therapy at Wilmington Family Dental is truly cost-sparing–less expensive than extraction and dental implants or extraction and bridgework, which must be replaced in 7 to 10 years.
Contact the office
While routine preventive care at Wilmington Family Dental defends young and old against complicated and expensive dental problems, sometimes teeth require restoration. The dentists at Wilmington Family Dental ask you to contact the office right away if you have:
- a throbbing toothache
- persistent bad breath or halitosis
- swelling at the jaw
- redness and pus at the gum line
- sensitivity to hot or cold foods and beverages
- a bad taste in the mouth
These symptoms often signal infection needing prompt treatment with endodontic therapy or other restorative measures. Don’t wait. Save your tooth with the root canal therapy at Wilmington Family Dental in Winthrop.
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