If you have a tooth that is infected or has serious decay you may need more than just a simple filling to ensure that the tooth will continue to have a long functional life. Sometimes deep cavities or a large crack or chip may necessitate a Kirkwood root canal treatment. At the Dental Suite our goal is to provide high quality general, restorative and cosmetic dental services to families in the communities we serve through expert dental skills and compassionate, caring staff.
An endodontic treatment, commonly referred to as a root canal, is needed when the nerve is infected or riddled with decay from a large cavity or crack in the tooth and the result is often pain, possible abscess and even loss of the tooth. A Kirkwood root canal will rid the tooth of the affected roots, taking with them the decay, bacteria and infection. This will help restore and preserve the tooth’s functionality. Thanks to advances in dental techniques and anesthetics endodontic treatments are virtually painless. They are done under a local anesthetic that completely numbs the area, at most the patient should only feel a slight pressure but no pain. There may be some discomfort after the procedure but nothing that can’t be alleviated by over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications.
A tooth’s roots are filled with a soft material called pulp. The pulp is encased by a harder layer of dentin, which is protected above the gum line by the tooth’s enamel and below it by a substance known as cementum. When decay or a crack exposes the pulp it can become infected. During a Kirkwood root canal our doctor will open the tooth and use special miniature tools to completely remove the pulp. A mature tooth can live without pulp and get its nutrients from the surrounding tissue. Once removed the roots are filled with a rubber-type of material that is sealed in place to prevent re-infection. A crown is then placed on top of the tooth to further protect the tooth and provide a new chewing surface. The tooth is now fully restored and functional. If you have tooth pain or suspect that there is decay present please call our office for an appointment.