Endodontics/Root Canal Therapy for Southlake & Arlington
Very often bacteremias reach through to the pulpal chamber after passing through the outer tooth structure. At this point, one of several serious events could occur. The gathering of bacteria will cause the development of an embolus into the bloodstream, a life-threatening infection called cellulitis, or result in the irreversible extraction of the whole tooth. The only way to keep this from happening, and avoiding latent complication, is through persistent preventive maintenance or endodontic/root canal therapy. Dr. Doctor uses the most advanced training and innovations in technology to target the infected nerve and destroy any remaining infection. Dr. Doctor has trained with World Renowned Dr. Clifford Ruddle and Dr. Stephan Buchannon.
Root Canal Therapy Can Save Natural Teeth
Each tooth is divided into two structural components: the crown, or portion which we see above the gingival or gum tissues, and the root portion which lies within the jaw or facial bones. Inside each tooth is tissue known as the dental pulp which is composed of nerve fibers and an internal blood supply, and is responsible for the growth and development of our teeth when we are children. The dental pulp exits within the crown and roots, with the bulk of the tissue housed in the pulp chamber of the crown and traveling down the roots through narrow channels known as root canals.
When the pulpal tissues become inflamed or infected as a result of injury, decay, periodontal disease, or fracture, a tooth ache may often, though not always, develop. Instead of removing the involved tooth, it is possible to remove the damaged pulp, allowing the tooth to remain a part of the functioning dentition. Endodontic treatment, or root canal therapy, involves preserving a tooth by removing unhealthy internal tissue.
Non-surgical root canal therapy is performed by removal of the pulp with cleansing and shaping of the root canals, and the filling or sealing of the canals to promote healing. The entire process is accomplished by working through a small opening created in the chewing surface of the tooth, similar to that of a filling. If the involved tooth is restored with a crown, the opening into the pulp is created through the crown. The canals are cleansed and shaped with a series of small instruments, and filled using an inert rubber material that is heated and condensed to help insure proper sealing of the canals. Complete treatment is usually accomplished in a single appointment. Complications such as swelling and pain do not occur routinely; however, tenderness may develop after treatment.
We maintain a 95% success rate with non-surgical root canal therapy completed in our Southlake or Arlington offices. However, some people present with treatment having been started or even completed in another office, with symptoms still present. If you have had treatment initiated or completed in another office, and you are still experiencing symptoms, please call us. We are here to assist you in your treatment needs
What is an Apicoectomy?
Although a root canal can successfully restore health to struggling teeth and prevent the need for extraction in many cases, there are certain circumstances where surgery becomes necessary. The most common of these surgeries is an apicoectomy, which is also known as root-end resection. Dr. Doctor will carefully remove both damaged tissue and the root tip, replacing it with biocompatible filling material.
Post and Core
Although our team does our best to avoid this, there are situations where a tooth must be significantly broken to accommodate root canal treatment. Thankfully, Post and core can add an essential metal component that allows for the successful placement of a dental crown. Once completed, your newly revitalized tooth will be stronger and more attractive in ways that are sure to exceed patient expectations.
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