Root Canal Therapy
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Our team of dental specialists and staff strive to improve the overall health of our patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions associated with your teeth and gums. Please use our dental library to learn more about dental problems and treatments available. If you have questions or need to schedule an appointment, contact us.
Are YOU a grinder? Do you often wake up with Headaches?
Did you Know:
Many of us clench and grind our teeth while our sleeping
and don't even realize it.
Do you frequently wake up with headaches? We can help.
To learn more about TMJ disorder, visit:
Did you Know:
Managing your Blood Pressure is very important when preventing Strokes. That is partly why we, at HDA, take each and every patients blood pressure before each appointment.
For More information on Strokes, visit:
Oral Cancer Screenings, with the Velscope.
Did you Know:
According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, about 42,000 Americans were diagnosed with Oral Cancer in 2013? That is approximately 1 death an hour.
Oral Cancer Screenings using the Velscope, a device which uses blue fluorescence lighting, helps discover pre-cancerous lesions.
Early detection is Key! We can help!
Root canals are tiny passageways that branch off from beneath the top of the tooth, coursing their way vertically downward, until they reach the tip of the root.
All teeth have between one and four root canals.
Many tooth problems involve infections that spread to the pulp, which is the inner chamber of the tooth containing blood vessels, nerves and other tissues. When the infection becomes worse, it can begin affecting the roots. A traumatic injury to a tooth can also compromise the pulp, leading to similar problems.
A diseased inner tooth brings a host of problems including pain and sensitivity as the first indications of a problem. However, inside a spreading infection can cause small pockets of pus to develop, which can lead to an abscess.
Root canal therapy is a remarkable treatment with a very high rate of success, and involves removing the diseased tissue, halting the spread of infection and restoring the healthy portion of the tooth. In fact, root canal therapy is designed to save a problem tooth; before the procedure was developed and gained acceptance, the only alternative for treating a diseased tooth was extraction.
Root canal therapy usually entails one to three visits. During the first visit, a small hole is drilled through the top of the tooth and into the inner chamber. Diseased tissue is removed, the inner chamber cleansed and disinfected, and the tiny canals reshaped. The cleansed chamber and canals are filled with an elastic material and medication designed to prevent infection. If necessary, the drilled hole is temporarily filled until a permanent seal is made with a crown.
Most patients who have root canal experience little or no discomfort or pain, and enjoy a restored tooth that can last almost as long as its healthy original.