Root Canals and Crowns Save Natural Teeth
When the inner core of a tooth becomes infiltrated by trauma or decay, infection often sets in and threatens the tooth’s nerve, causing severe pain. When that occurs, a patient has two options: having the tooth pulled or getting a root canal. A root canal usually is the desired option, because it saves the tooth and prevents the need for a dental implant.
Deconstructing the Root Canal
Most people have heard the term “root canal” but many not everyone understands what the procedure entails. When you come in for a root canal, Dr. Staten will administer an oral sedative so you will be comfortable during the procedure. Once the sedative has taken effect, she will use instruments to carefully remove the damaged nerve and surrounding decay. The nerve will be replaced by a manmade material that will prevent future infections.
The Crowning Touch
Once the root canal is complete, Dr. Staten will seal the tooth by installing a crown. When the procedure is complete and the sedative wears off, you may be a bit sore, but taking an over-the-counter pain reliever usually helps. In a day or so, the discomfort dissipates and your tooth feels back to normal.