Root Canal Therapy
If decay reaches a tooth’s nerve (also known as the pulp), then you may require root canal therapy. Most people have likely heard of root canal therapy, but few actually know what the treatment entails. We want you to know that root canal therapy from Picard Dental Associates in Woonsocket, Rhode Island can help save a tooth that might otherwise need to be extracted. While this treatment can make many people nervous, it can actually save you time, expense, and discomfort by preventing the need for even more advanced dental treatment. Dr. Picard and the team at Picard Dental Associates take great care to make sure that you are comfortable and treated compassionately during root canal therapy. We can also perform apicoectomy as well, which is another approach to root canal therapy that gets at abscesses that may have developed at the tip of the tooth root.
The process of root canal therapy is fairly simple. First, an opening is made through the crown of the tooth, opening up the pulp chamber. Then, we remove the pulp; the pulp chamber is cleaned, shaped, and medicated. We then fill the pulp chamber, and a filling is placed on the opening. Finally, a crown is placed over the tooth to provide protection from future damage and make the tooth fully functional again.
If infection persists after root canal therapy, we may need to perform an apicoectomy. During this procedure, we go in through the gum tissue to access the base of the tooth roots, where we can then remove inflamed pulp, clean, and treat the canals. The chamber is then filled, and a crown is placed. It’s very similar to root canal therapy, but it simply comes at the problem from a different angle.
The most common sign that you need root canal therapy is chronic tooth pain. You may also experience it as increased sensitivity to hot or cold foods and beverages. If you’ve noticed these types of problems, visit Picard Dental Associates in Woonsocket, Rhode Island to find out if you’ve possibly got a very large cavity that has left your pulp exposed, requiring root canal therapy.
What happens if you don’t receive root canal therapy when you need it? The decay is likely to continue, and the pain of the exposed pulp will worsen. An abscess can develop, and this infection can pose a threat to your overall health and even spread to other parts of the body. You will eventually need to have the tooth extracted, and then you’ll require tooth replacement. Letting us intervene with root canal therapy can save your smile!
Contact Picard Dental Associates in Woonsocket, RI to make an appointment if you suspect that you may need root canal therapy or any other dental treatment.