You may have heard the term “root canal therapy,” and you may be wondering what that entails. Chances are high that you heard a friend or family member discuss the procedure as something that his or her dentist suggested or performed. If your Charlotte dentist has recommended a root canal, then you have some serious issues with your tooth. The good news is that root canal therapy can help you to preserve your tooth so you do not have to get rid of it.
What Is Root Canal Treatment?
A root canal procedure is a procedure during which Charlotte dentists remove the nerve and the pulp from inside of one of your teeth and thoroughly cleanse the area. After the dentist cleans the area, he or she fills it with gutta percha and seals it. Gutta percha is a compound that works as a non-live filling. A few weeks later, you must return to the dentist to have a crown put on the tooth. A tooth that goes through the trauma of the root canal procedure will need to have some support on it.
Why You Need the Therapy
There may be several reasons that you need to have root canal therapy. One of the most common reasons for the procedure is severe decay. In many cases, the dentist tries other solutions such as large fillings and medication, but those solutions do not work. Another reason that you may need a root canal is that you have a tooth that has been damaged by an accident or a fight. That tooth may have decayed because of its condition. The root canal procedure may be the only way you can save your tooth.
Other Choices That You Have
By the time the dentist recommends a root canal, you have most likely already exhausted all options except for an extraction. The extraction is much less expensive, and you will not have to worry about tooth maintenance. However, it will leave you with a gap that you may not appreciate if it is close to the front of your mouth.
Schedule an Appointment Today
Call our dentist today for a consultation during which you can discuss your dilemma. The dentist will help you to make the right choice.