How Root Canal Treatment Can Save Your Smile

Although you may not often consider it, beneath your teeth is an intricate system of roots and canals that contains a myriad of connective tissues, blood vessels, and nerves. Keeping all of these parts in tiptop shape is a crucial part of keeping your teeth and gums healthy. After all, much how like your tooth can be damaged, your root canals can likewise become damaged and require root canal treatment.

Here at Superstition Mountain Dental in Gold Canyon, AZ, your dentists, Drs. Jonathan Lovell and Matthew Scheerhorn, use a combination of crowns and root canal therapy to save your smile when issues arise.

What to Expect During a Root Canal

Depending on how deep the root canal infection extends, your dentist might recommend either a pulpectomy or apicoectomy. With a pulpectomy, you’ll be given antibiotics first to help minimize the infection and ease pain before the actual procedure. On the other hand, your dentist might suggest an apicoectomy if the infection has spread beyond your root tip to remove the infected root tip and clear the infection.

So what happens during a root canal? In a nutshell, the infected root canal will be thoroughly cleaned and then sealed afterward to avoid future infections from setting into your pulp or nerve tissue. The last step will include further restoration procedures. During a consultation at our Gold Canyon office, we will discuss which specific restoration, whether crowns or crowns with posts, is best for you. Since teeth that require root canal treatments typically have extensive decay or huge filings, restorations are needed to restore their full function, protect them, and prevent breakage.

What Happens If I Don’t Undergo a Root Canal?

If you fail to get the infected pulp or nerve tissue treated, it will eventually break down and enable bacteria to cause an infection in your throat, jaw, face, or ear as well. This means that prompt treatment is necessary to avoid more complex and costly procedures.

What to Do If You Have an Infected Root Canal

If you suspect that you have an infected root canal, you should consult Dr. Jonathan Lovell or Dr. Matthew Scheerhorn here at Superstition Mountain Dental in Gold Canyon, AZ, ASAP. Dial (480) 671-7777 to schedule your consultation today