Damaged nerve tissue in the root canal of a tooth can be a breeding ground for bacteria and painful infection. Many people are anxious about restorative dentistry treatments, but Dr. Shukovsky and his team of dental professionals use the most advanced techniques to put patients completely at ease. Don’t wait for damaged nerve tissue to spread infection or cause an abscess. Our comprehensive cosmetic dentistry practice is equipped to meet your every dental need. Contact Dr. Edward Shukovsky today to schedule an appointment.
What Is Root Canal Therapy?
Root canal therapy is a procedure in which damaged, decayed, or infected nerve tissue within a tooth’s root canal is removed. Once a tooth is fully developed, nerve tissue has lost almost all of its usefulness, so the removal of nerve tissue will not adversely affect your teeth. It will, however, prevent the spread of infection, abscesses, or tooth bone loss. Dr. Shukovsky uses the most advanced technology during his examinations to determine whether an infection exists and root canal therapy is necessary.
During root canal therapy, anesthetic is used to put the patient totally at ease. A hole is drilled in the tooth so the root canal can be accessed. The nerve tissue, bacteria, and decayed material are removed from the root canal. The sides of the root canal are thoroughly cleaned and scrubbed to ensure that the infection is completely eradicated. The tooth may or may not be sealed during the same root canal therapy visit, depending on the extent of the infection. If a waiting period with medication is required, a temporary filling will be applied between visits. The tooth is sealed with a dental compound and dental fillings. Teeth with extensive decay may need a crown placed, as well.
Benefits of Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy has a very high success rate in the treatment and prevention of tooth decay and tooth loss. Root canal therapy can prevent bacteria from causing excruciating pain and further damage or decay. As effective as tooth restorations such as dental implants, dental bridges, or dentures are the best possible scenario is to preserve your natural teeth. Root canal therapy helps to save natural teeth from having to be extracted and replaced with prosthetic teeth.
Contact Us to Learn More about Root Canal Therapy
If you think you are in need of root canal therapy, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Shukovsky’s dental practice for a consultation. We will treat your teeth effectively, quickly, and with the utmost care.