When might a Greensboro area patient require root canal treatment?
At the practice of Dr. Steven L. Hatcher, DDS, FAGD and Dr. Sona J. Isharani, DDS, patients in and around the area of Greensboro, North Carolina can seek treatment for a variety of conditions. Whether patients visit to have a simple cleaning and examination done or treatment for more complex situations, it is important to have a dentist you know and trust available for you and your family. Our team of professionals believe in providing quality, comprehensive dental services to patients of all ages. In fact, Dr. Sona Isharani is a board certified pediatric dentist!
There are times when patients may require certain oral procedures including root canal treatment, also known as endodontic therapy. Root canal treatment is performed on a tooth when something has affected the dental pulp within in the tooth. When this happens, it affects the tissues, blood supply, and nerves in the center of the tooth. It can result in extreme pain. Most patients experience a toothache that does not let up, and can even keep them awake at night. This is when our dentists may schedule an examination to determine if root canal therapy is necessary.
Root canal therapy is a relatively simple procedure. Patients undergo an initial evaluation during which x-rays may be taken to check the health of the tooth structure and decide if patients should move forward with treatment. Patients are numbed and sedated as necessary so they are completely comfortable during the procedure. The dentist drills a very small hole into the tooth, allowing access to the dental pulp. The pulp is removed, the inner canals of the tooth are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected, and then the tooth is filled with a material called gutta percha. The crown of the tooth is finished with composite resin bonding, and the dentist may also place a dental crown over it for further protection.
Root canal treatment is commonly done at our practice. We have the experience to provide quality dental care for everyone, and encourage patients to call and book an appointment to learn more about this procedure.
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