NON SURGICAL ROOT CANAL IN ARNOLD, MO
What is a root canal?
Root canals are among the most common dental procedures performed in the United States. Some estimates suggest 14 million root canals are performed every year. This common procedure can save natural teeth, and avoid the need for dental implants and bridges, saving time and money.
At the center of your teeth, you will find a collection of pulp. Pulp is defined as a series of blood vessels used to build the surrounding tooth. Pulp becomes infected via trauma to the tooth, deep decay, cracks, chips, and constant dental procedures, like multiple fillings.
Pulp infection symptoms include visible injury or swelling, temperature sensitivity, and pain in the tooth and gums. Symptoms may worsen over time if the infection is not treated.
How is a root canal performed?
If you experience any of the standard symptoms of pulp infection, your dentist will likely recommend non-surgical root canal therapy to eliminate the diseased pulp and treat the condition. Once injured pulp is removed, the root system is cleaned and sealed.
Root canal therapy typically requires local anesthesia, and is usually completed within one to two visits. Root canals have a success rate of 90%, and is an effective treatment method for infected, damaged pulp.
If your particular situation is not conducive to root canal therapy, or the likelihood of success is low, you will be informed during your initial consultation, or when a complication occurs during or following treatment.
Because our dental office in Arnold, MO uses local anesthesia to complete root canals, you will be able to drive yourself home following treatment, and you can resume your normal daily routine.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER TREATMENT?
Following your root canal therapy, a record of your treatment will be sent to your dentist. Contact their office for a follow-up restoration appointment within a few weeks of receiving dental services with our office. Your restorative dentist will determine what type of restoration is necessary to further protect your tooth.
Fortunately, complications following routine endodontic treatment or microsurgery (root canal therapy) are quite rare. If problems do occur, our office is always available to evaluate the concern and deliver additional services.
To prevent further decay and lessen the risk of recurrence, continue to practice good oral health techniques.