If your tooth hurts, there's a serious reason why. Your dentist in Mt. Pleasant, Dr. Kevin Bever Jr., investigates tooth pain and offers state-of-the art treatments to restore that aching tooth to full health and appearance. Root canal therapy is a proven option which removes inflamed and infected interior pulp and crowns a tooth for additional years of service.
Don't put off that root canal
Root canal therapy has an undeserved reputation for being complicated and torturous. It's so untrue. As performed by your Mt. Pleasant dentist, your root canal treatment will be painless and takes no more time than a basic crown procedure.
However, it is critical that you do not postpone a recommended root canal procedure. Deep decay, fractures and infection can be treated properly only if you act promptly.
How root canal therapy works
In short, root canal therapy works well. After the dentist isolates and anesthetizes the tooth, he makes a tiny hole into the first root canal, or pulp-filled chamber inside the tooth. (There are up to four root canals in a single tooth.) Using fine-toothed files or a small rotary tool, he removes the diseased and inflamed soft tissue and instills antibiotic medication to quell infection. He seals the canal with a flexible putty called gutta-percha and then proceeds to treat the other root canals.
A temporary cap protects the tooth as it heals, and when you see your Mt. Pleasant dentist again, he'll replace that temporary with a permanent crown customized to support, protect and normalize the appearance of your restored tooth. Likely this tooth will stay in place for many years, says the American Association of Endodontists.
More information you need
A tooth restored by root canal treatment needs no special care. Just brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and soft brush. Floss carefully around the margins of the crown to avoid harmful plaque and tartar. See Dr. Bever and your hygienist twice a year for a professional examination and cleaning. And, as always, if you have a concern about this tooth or any other oral health need, please contact the office right away.
Ready for a healthy tooth?
Root canal treatment could be just what you need to keep your smile complete and strong. Call Dr. Keith Bever's office staff today for an appointment.