Root Canals in West Austin TX
If you have a severe cavity or an infected tooth that your dentist cannot fix with a simple filling, he may suggest a root canal treatment. Contrary to popular belief, root canals are typically as comfortable a procedure as a tooth filling. While they last longer than a dental filling, they may save your tooth and the health of your entire mouth. Root canals will typically allow you to avoid an extraction, while restoring your tooth to full comfort, function, and beauty.
What Is A Root Canal?
People commonly refer to “root canal therapy” as a “root canal.” Your actual root canals are the hollow chambers within the roots of your teeth. These canals house your tooth’s pulp. Within the soft tissue of pulp resides blood vessels – this is the area that is responsible for the exchange of nutrients, so your teeth remain healthy and alive. When the pulp becomes infected, you may need a root canal treatment. An infection may occur as the result of a deep cavity, which permits bacteria to invade deep within your teeth, down into the roots.
Dr. Jaeckle will begin your root canal therapy by numbing your tooth and the surrounding area. He will then create a hole in your tooth, so he can access and clean out your roots, completely removing the infected pulp. After smoothing the interior portion of your roots, he will fill your tooth with composite, the same material used for tooth-colored fillings. Then, to fully restore your tooth’s function and appearance, he will place a dental crown permanently over your tooth.
What Are the Benefits?
The main function of a root canal treatment is to save your ailing tooth. When your tooth becomes infected, it may worsen or affect the health of your entire mouth. Consider the following benefits of a root canal if you are deciding whether this treatment is right for you:
- Root canal treatment may stop your tooth from abscessing
- This treatment may protect surrounding teeth from the spread of infection
- Root canal therapy removes infection, so you can preserve the integrity of your tooth, rather than resorting to an extraction and the need for costly tooth replacement
- By stopping an infection in its tracks, you will remove the cause of pain associated with an infected tooth
Am I A Good Candidate?
If you have an infected tooth, you will likely make an excellent candidate for root canal therapy. By putting off root canal treatment, you run the risk of widespread infection and a need for extensive restorative treatment on additional teeth. Rest assured, Dr. Jaeckle and our team have your comfort in mind. We offer sedation upon request, including nitrous oxide and oral sedation, for relaxing treatments.