What is Root Canal? When the nerve located inside the tooth is infected or has an abscess Root Canal Therapy is the best way to prevent the tooth from being extracted. In his office in Arlington Tx, Dr. Joseph Reed performs root canal on abcessed teeth. A tooth can become abscessed as a result of decay or from a cracked tooth,
or trauma to the tooth. Alternatives to Root Canal Therapy are an Extraction and Implants or a Bridge.
During Root Canal Therapy, the tooth is given a local anesthetic or numbing agent. Then the infection and nerve are removed and medication is placed in the tooth to treat the problem. After the infection is removed, a filling is placed in the area
A tooth that has undergone Root Canal Therapy is weak and fragile and must be crowned to give the tooth sufficient strength.. Brush and floss daily, and visit your dentist for regular preventative dental check- ups.
Modern Root Canal Therapy
The way root canal therapy is performed today is very different than even ten years ago. Today we have modern tools to visualize the problem and to perform the procedure more efficiently. Most simple infections can be treated with root canal in one visit. Sometimes when the area becomes calcified – or hard and dense from years of slow infection, we may need multiple visits.
Non-surgical Root Canal Therapy
Root Canal Therapy is a dental procedure, performed in our Arlington Tx office with local anesthetic or with IV Sedationwhere we remove the nerve inside of the tooth because it has become irreversibly damaged or
infected. This is normally because bacteria gets in to the pulp or nerve and causes an infection or because the tooth was hit or
cracked. ROOT CANAL is a commonly used term for endodontic therapy or root canal therapy which Dr. Reed performs in Arlington Texas. To perform this procedure properly Dr. Reed in Arlington must remove the entire nerve and clean out the tooth, as well as cleaning, shaping and 3-dimensional filling of the canal system with gutta percha and a dental sealer. The procedure enables you to keep your natural tooth, which is preferable to any type of replacement.
How Does Dr. Reed Perform Root Canal Therapy?
First Dr. Reed will give you a local anesthetic or IV Sedation, a small opening is made into the pulp chamber. The canals are located and measured, so they can be cleansed and shaped.
He fills the canals with a rubber-like material called gutta- percha and the opening is sealed with sterile cotton pellets and a temporary filling.
He prepares the tooth with a post and a crown. With Dr. Reed and Arlington Dental, often the Cerec Crown is placed at the same visit or in 2 weeks after healing has occurred.A crown is placed over the treated tooth in order to protect it, and if the tooth lacks sufficient tooth structure to hold the core build-up, a post may be placed inside. Any areas of infection around the roots will begin to heal.
The number of visits necessary to complete a root canal varies depending upon the infection, the number of canals in the tooth, if the canals are calcified, the anatomy of your tooth, and how complex the procedure becomes. When there is a large abcess Dr. Reed in Arlington Tx cannot perform a Cerec Crown on the same day because he needs to allow the tooth to heal.