Root Canal An Overview
The term “root canal” actually refers to the natural cavity located at the center of a tooth. Inside of the root canal is soft tissue, or pulp, as well as the tooth’s nerve. Trauma to the tooth can allow bacteria or debris to enter the root canal and cause an infection. An infected root canal is very painful and often requires a procedure also called a root canal to remove the infected tissue and heal the tooth.
Doctors Maria Burmaster and Valerie Hemphill use root canal therapy as part of a conservative approach to preserve a patient’s natural tooth. A root canal is a routine procedure that can be completed from the comfort of our Marrero, LA dentist office in just one visit.
Many dental patients will require a root canal for one reason or another. Frequently, the term “root canal” brings a sense of fear and anxiety. Due to great advances in modern dentistry, this is no longer a painful and complex procedure!
Dr. Burmaster and Dr. Hemphill have extensive experience performing root canals in their Marrero dental office. We will often choose this procedure as a way to preserve the natural tooth. Even though today we have many restorative options, including dental implants, is it always best to keep the natural tooth whenever possible. Using a more conservative procedure like the root canal, we can save rather than extract the tooth.
A root canal involves removing the pulp of a tooth that has become infected. This is accomplished by drilling a very small hole on the back side of the tooth where the infected tissue can be drained. The inside of the tooth structure is then thoroughly cleaned and polished before being filled with a biocompatible compound called “gutta percha”. The tooth is then strengthened with a crown or the use of a dental filling to ensure its integrity for years to come!
A root canal is actually no more uncomfortable than have a dental filling procedure. Many patients are in pain due to the infected tooth and the root canal procedure will bring welcome relief. With a success rate of over 95 %, root canals are an excellent way to restore oral health and retain the natural tooth.