When a tooth’s nerve and pulp becomes infected, a dentist and patient must make a choice of whether to attempt to save the tooth by executing a root canal or to extract the tooth. At Freedom Village Dental in Jacksonville, we can help you make that choice.
There are several factors that impact this determination. These include whether there is an infection in the surrounding bone, the amount and condition of the remaining tooth structure, the strength of the supporting bone, and the presence of gum disease.
During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp of the tooth are removed. This tissue contains veins, arteries, and lymph vessels. We use files of various sizes to clean out the canals. Once the roots are cleaned out and widened, they are filled with a special rubber material that seals them off.
The root canal procedure is only the first step in the complete tooth restoration. After the root canal, without a crown, the tooth will probably become dry and brittle. The final steps are the core build-up and crown placement. A durable dental crown protects the remaining tooth, allows normal function, and prevents shifting of the surrounding teeth.
A root canal is generally the most conservative treatment when a root is infected or a tooth has acute decay or damage. Endodontic treatment has a very high success rate.
At Freedom Village Dental in Jacksonville NC, we also provide general and cosmetic dentistry. Make an appointment with us today.
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