At our dental office, we complete root canal treatments in one visit, unless the issue has gone untreated for an extended period of time and calcification occurs. In these instances, it may be necessary for us to refer you to a root canal specialist. In all other cases, our dentists use high-resolution cameras and top-of-the-line special rotary nickel-titanium instruments to complete root canal therapy in our Lawrence, KS dental office efficiently and painlessly.
Once bacteria or decay reaches a tooth’s nerve, filling the tooth is no longer an option. At this point, the bacteria has invaded the living part of the tooth – the part that has blood supply. There, bacteria have all the food and protection they need to stay inside the tooth. This can often result in pain as well as poor oral health. The only way to remove this bacteria is to either remove the tooth or remove the tissue inside. Sometimes, the pain associated with nerve decay can be tremendous. A root canal procedure can instantly relieve you of considerable pain.
During a root canal procedure, the dentist will remove dead or dying tissue from inside the tooth’s root and replace it with a sealant made of a biologically-friendly material. This seals and protects the remaining tooth from any future bacterial invasion. Teeth that have had root canal treatment are more brittle than untreated teeth. Without the blood supply, they can become dry and prone to fracture. For this reason, many teeth that have been treated with a root canal have a crown placed to cover and protect them.
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