Root Canals
at Springfield Family Dental

Family Dentist In Springfield, MO

What are Root Canals ?

If you have an infected tooth or a nerve in your tooth is in pain, then you may need a root canal.

With new advancements in treatment, and top of the line equipment, getting a root canal is easier today than it ever has been. Special x-ray machines and endodontic tools help the dentist get the tooth treated efficiently and comfortably.

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A root canal is a procedure where the nerve and pulp of a tooth are removed and replaced with an antibacterial filling. This lets you keep the tooth in your mouth and keep the bacteria out. 

There are many ways to save teeth that are at risk of severe damage or falling out, but root canals are one of the most effective. Root canals are performed to remove the pulp of the tooth, which contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue. It is often necessary if infection or swelling of the nerve occurs.

We generally perform a root canal when a tooth starts to become infected or inflamed. We also do it as a preventative measure if we see any teeth damage at your visit. We can also do it as a preventative measure if we see any teeth that are severely damaged at your visit. 

They then drill into the root of the infected tooth, disinfect it and fill it with a filling material and a crown.

This procedure is often used to save the tooth and alleviate the pain. 

Occasionally, the type of tooth being treated will require the attention of a dental specialist called an endodontist. An endodontist is a dentist that has undergone several years of additional training to treat teeth with root canals. They can be especially good at navigating teeth with difficult or numerous canals – giving you the best chance of success in a tough situation! The dentist or endodontist will carefully remove all of the infected nerves and tissue from the root canals of your teeth and replace them with a special filling. The final step of this process is to seal off the area and cover the tooth with a crown to give you the best possible outcome for many years to come 

We use very modern techniques that ensure a faster and better quality root canal treatment. Just like all of the procedures we provide, we will make sure you have the best possible experience!

How Root Canals Work

Teeth are different from other parts of the body because there is limited blood supply to the center of each tooth. Therefore, if infected, the center of a tooth cannot benefit from the cells in the blood that cause healing, and the infection inside the tooth will persist.

The only way to remove the infection is by accessing the center of the tooth and its roots and thoroughly cleaning them out. This is called a root canal treatment. 

Once the center of the tooth and roots are cleaned from top to bottom, these areas are then filled with filling material. This procedure removes the infection and allows for proper healing of the tooth. 

It is often preferred to save a tooth if possible instead of removing it, because there is nothing that feels more natural than your own teeth. 

Since the root canal is at the center of the tooth, it can be difficult to know whether you need a root canal or not. Luckily, there are dental professionals who specialize in extracting this type of tooth infection. Please contact us about whether or not you should get a root canal treatment.

We use very modern techniques that ensure a faster and better quality root canal treatment.  Also, just like all procedures we provide, we will make sure you have a good experience!

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