oot canal therapy is more common than many patients realize. Triad Dentistry of Greensboro is a quality team of dentists who understand the importance of maintaining the natural teeth within the smile. When certain problems develop in a tooth that may require extraction, the Dentists at Triad Dentistry will do their best to maintain the natural tooth without the need to remove it. In many cases, this is done by performing a root canal procedure.
Root canal therapy also referred to as endodontic therapy, is a procedure done in an attempt to maintain the natural tooth structure of an infected tooth. Inside of a tooth is the dental pulp, which includes the nerves that send pain sensations. When the dental pulp is affected by infection, tooth decay, or an abscess, it can cause discomfort for patients. This is when a dentist may suggest performing root canal therapy to avoid requiring extraction.
Root canal therapy is done under anesthetics, and sedation if necessary. Patients will rest in the dental chair while the dentist accesses the inside of the tooth to remove the dental pulp. The dental pulp is a mass of tissues that are easily taken from the inner canals of the tooth. Once this has been done, the dentist will then disinfect the inner portion of the tooth and fill it with gutta-percha. This is a rubber-like material that is placed into the tooth and sealed with composite resin bonding. Depending on the situation, patients may also have a dental crown fabricated to bond over the top of the tooth to provide strength and stability to the tooth.
Dentists at Triad Dentistry are excited to provide root canal therapy in the practice for patients instead of referring individuals out to a specialist for assistance. Root canal therapy does require training and experience to perform, and patients can rest easy knowing that Triad Dentistry Dentists have the expertise necessary to offer this procedure in the practice.