When a tooth is threatened by acute decay, periodontal disease, or damage from an injury, one of our dentists at Gastonia Dental Group has to make a judgment call about treatment. If the tooth’s pulp is infected or inflamed, a root canal is generally the only way to save the tooth.
During a root canal (or endodontic treatment), the soft tissue in the root of the tooth is taken out. This tissue contains veins, arteries and lymph vessels. Once the roots are taken out and widened, they are filled with a special rubber material.
The root canal is only the first step in the complete tooth restoration. After the root canal, without a crown, the tooth will become dry and brittle. The concluding processes are the core build-up and crown.
At Gastonia Dental Group, we use strong, natural-looking crowns that blend flawlessly with the surrounding teeth. With proper oral hygiene and regular checkups, a tooth with a filled root can often function issue-free for the rest of a patient’s life.
Root canal therapy has a very high success rate, and is among the services provided at Gastonia Dental Group. Schedule your next appointment with us today.
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