When teeth have become warped or damaged because of infection, root canal therapy is usually needed. At the offices of Dr. Adrian M. Simm, DDS, we can perform a root canal in Erath for those in need of endodontic procedures. Sometimes the nerves have been damaged so much that the root canal is necessary to save the real tooth.
When a tooth has been damaged down to the root, it can become painful. Infection can also set in, making the tooth inflamed and, if left untreated, causing an abscess, which can be dangerous. A root canal in Erath usually begins with a consultation to check the tooth. If needed, antibiotics will be prescribed after the procedure. Once the pulp has been destroyed inside the tooth, the only way to save the rest of the healthy tooth is to have a root canal done. During an endodontic treatment, as a root canal is so often called, the inflamed, infected pulp is removed before being cleaned. Dr. Simm will also disinfect the tooth before sealing it with a rubber like substance. A crown of cap is usually put over the root canal, to protect the newly filled hole. Once restored, the tooth can go back to normal function. The entire procedure can usually be completed in one or two appointments. Most patients have no trouble chewing or eating after a couple of days, depending on the severity of the root canal.
During your root canal in Erath our goal is to save the natural tooth. Saving the natural tooth helps to maintain normal bite force and sensation, maintains a natural appearance, helps the patient chew more efficiently, and can protect the teeth around it from any wear or strain. Patients maintain a more natural smile and can eat foods regularly without the need for more dental work or any changes in jaw appearance. A missing tooth can change the shape of the jaw line, causing the need for implants, and saving a natural tooth can eliminate the need for more costly dental procedures. Our goal is to have our patients walk out with the brightest and healthiest smile they can achieve.
By Adrian M. Simm, D.D.S.
February 4, 2016