Root Canal Therapy in Merritt Island
Root canal therapy has a bad reputation in the movies and on TV but it’s really undeserved. In fact, having a root canal procedure is much like having a filling for many patients.
What is root canal therapy?
If the nerve of your tooth is damaged by decay or infection, it’s often possible to save the tooth with root canal therapy.
After removing the pulp, nerves, decay, and bacteria the empty space is filled with special dental materials to restore the tooth to its normal function.
At Your Family Dental in Merritt Island, we always recommend saving a tooth with root canal therapy if it’s possible.
An alternative therapy is extraction but leaving a space between teeth can cause your other teeth to shift and the bone, where the tooth used to be, can weaken.
We offer several dental treatments to replace missing or extracted teeth but if the existing tooth can be saved with root canal therapy it’s often the best option.
What happens during root canal therapy?
Your dentist or endodontist (root canal specialist) may need to see you more than once to complete the treatment.
First, the area around the affected tooth will be numbed before a rubber dam is placed around it. The runner dam keeps the area dry and clean to avoid infection.
Next, your dentist will make an opening at the top of the tooth and use several root canal files to remove the pulp, nerve tissue, and bacteria. They’ll also take care of any decay they find.
When that procedure is complete the tooth is cleaned thoroughly and then filled and sealed. It may be a permanent filling or a temporary one if the dentist needs to do further work during another appointment or to make sure any infection has completely healed.
Depending on which tooth has had the treatment, your dentist may recommend a dental crown to give the tooth additional strength and support.
If you’re looking for an expert dentist to perform root canal therapy or are experiencing oral pain or tooth sensitivity, call Your Family Dental in Merritt Island to discuss your options today.