If your tooth has become infected or damaged, our dentists may recommend root canal therapy to remove the infection or damaged tissue and restore the tooth. Root canals are typically recommended as the only alternative to an extraction and are often the preferred treatment as they allow you to continue using your original tooth or teeth.
Root canal therapy is a type of endodontic treatment. When infection or injury reach past the outer layers of tooth enamel and into the dental pulp (nerves) of the tooth, a root canal is usually the only option if the tooth is to be saved. When you receive a root canal, our dentists will gently open the tooth up and remove the infected and injured tissues. They will then clean the tooth and fill it with a medicated material before capping it with a restoration (usually a dental crown) to restore the tooth’s shape and structure and complete your treatment. Most root canals can be completed in just one or two visits.
While root canals have a reputation as uncomfortable treatments, the reality is that they can usually be completed with only minimal discomfort. Advances in treatment techniques have made it possible for you to receive a root canal with minimal discomfort and much greater effectiveness.
For more information about root canal therapy in Kenner, Louisiana, and to set up an appointment at Louisiana Dental Center, call us today at 504-287-4467.