When a tooth becomes infected, it requires special attention from a trained dentist. Sometimes, the recommended approach is to perform root canal therapy. This procedure eliminates infection at its source and reduces the risk for further issues. We offer this treatment at our Baton Rouge, LA dental practice.
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To perform root canal therapy, your dentist will create an access hole in the tooth and remove the pulp, including the nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues. Next, the inside of the tooth is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. The pulp chamber and root canals are then filled with gutta percha, a flexible, rubbery dental material. Finally, the tooth is sealed to reduce the risk of further contamination. In most cases, a dental crown is also recommended to protect and strengthen the affected tooth. Patients are completely numbed during this procedure to provide a pain-free experience. Depending on the severity of the infection, this treatment may be completed in one or two office visits.
When performed by qualified dentists like Dr. Juban and Cowen, root canal therapy offers numerous patient benefits. For example:
The only way to know for sure if you need root canal therapy is to visit an experienced dentist. However, there are a few warning signs that can indicate an infected tooth. Some of the most common include: