If you have deep decay or other extensive damage to a tooth, a root canal could help you avoid an extraction so you can preserve your bite balance and your own natural teeth. As a top general dentist in New Orleans, Dr. Ambrose Martin III uses advanced techniques to perform root canal procedures in patients at Gentilly Family Dental, LLC, helping men and women enjoy better oral health while also feeling more confident about their beautiful, natural smiles. If you have tooth pain or if you’d like to learn more about root canal treatments, call the office or use our online system to schedule your appointment today.
Also called root canal therapy or RCT, a root canal procedure removes the interior pulp portion of a tooth that’s been damaged by decay, disease, or trauma. The pulp is located in the very center of each tooth, and it contains the nerves, connective tissues, and blood vessels that support the health of the tooth. When the pulp is damaged, the entire tooth is at risk, which means it’s far more likely to cause significant infection, to fall out, or to require an extraction. Root canal procedures use special techniques to remove the damaged pulp portion while leaving the rest of the tooth intact.
Root canal therapy usually requires two office visits. At the first visit, two main things happen: First, Dr. Martin uses special instruments to carefully remove the damaged pulp portion of your tooth, and second, the tooth is prepared for a crown. This process entails removing a small amount of tooth surface material to make room for the thickness of the crown once it’s in place. Then, he makes an impression of your tooth and puts a temporary crown over your tooth to protect it.
Our office uses advanced pain management techniques to ensure you stay comfortable throughout the procedure. At the second visit, the permanent crown is put in place using a strong dental adhesive, then shaped for a comfortable fit.
When the tooth pulp is damaged or decayed, most people experience significant pain in and around the tooth, especially when biting or pressing on the tooth. Of course, not every toothache means you need a root canal procedure. The only way to know for sure is to schedule an exam so your tooth is carefully evaluated.
Generally, it’s always better to save a natural tooth when possible. That’s because by preserving your natural tooth, you also maintain your natural bite balance, which means you can prevent uneven wear and other problems that can lead to more damage and additional tooth loss. Root canal procedures tend to be less costly than having an extraction followed by a denture, bridge, or implant, and keeping your own natural teeth helps you feel more confident.
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