A common procedure completed at many dental practices is root canal therapy, used to save natural teeth when the pulp has been damaged. Dr. Hatcher of Greensboro’s Triad Dentistry provides root canal therapy for patients who need it.
Patients may need root canal therapy for several reasons, but they are commonly done when there is an infection, a deep cavity, or any damage that may reach the dental pulp of the tooth. The root canal procedure is done to remove the dental pulp. When removed, patients can free themselves of the infection and pain and maintain the structure of the tooth. Dr. Hatcher uses small instruments to drill into the tooth while the patient is properly anesthetized. The dental pulp is removed, the inside of the tooth is disinfected, and gutta percha is used to fill the space. In some cases, patients may also benefit from a dental crown if the tooth is near the back of the mouth where pressure may be used for chewing.
The alternative to root canal therapy is the extraction of the tooth. When a tooth is removed from the mouth, patients must think about other concerns such as the restoration of the tooth. They can replace the tooth with a dental bridge, a partial denture, or a dental implant. They will have to take proper care of this restoration their entire life and many of these may need to be replaced several times over the years. Instead, patients can undergo a root canal and save their natural tooth.
Dr. Hatcher of Triad Dentistry provides families with the dental care they need to enjoy a healthy, dazzling smile for life. If you live in the Greensboro, NC area and you are seeking a family dental practice, call Triad Dentistry today to learn more about root canal therapy and other dental services that can assist patients in attaining the oral health they deserve.