The bacteria responsible for tooth decay will go as far as they can to wreak mass havoc on your dental health. Left to their own devices, they will spread, reaching your dental pulp and putting your entire tooth in danger. Fortunately, root canal treatment (also known as endodontics) allows dentists to intervene at this stage and preserve the tooth’s structure so you don’t have to face replacement. You may fear the words “root canal,” but Des Moines dentist, Dr. Jessica Johnson, wants to make sure you know that these procedures are not as bad as you may presume.
The Need for Root Canal Treatment
When tooth decay progresses to a tooth’s pulp and roots, the root canals become infected. This is like shutting down the highways that make commerce possible within your teeth. In essence, your tooth is very much in danger at this point. If left untreated, infection will continue to spread, and tooth loss is likely. The infection may spread into other parts of your mouth or jaw, or even into other parts of your body.
The Root Canal Procedure
The goal of root canal treatment is to remove the infected tissues from the damaged tooth, thus removing the infection and improving the health of the tooth. To do so, Dr. Johnson will use various dental instruments to access the tooth’s pulp. Removal of the infected tissues is next, followed by smoothing out the root canal chamber. Finally, the hole is filled to prevent further infection. Just as with cavities, root canal procedures are usually performed under local anesthesia to improve your comfort. Following the procedure, you may experience a dull, throbbing discomfort which lasts one to two days.
Root Canal Procedures from Des Moines Dentist
If bacteria succeed in damaging teeth, the health of a tooth can deteriorate rather quickly. In cases where tooth decay progresses deep into a tooth, root canal treatment may be necessary to preserve the tooth and restore oral health. If you require root canal treatment, contact Dr. Johnson today. To schedule an appointment or a consultation, call our 50266 dentist office at 515-223-9764. We welcome patients from West Des Moines, Waukee, Clive, and nearby Des Moines metro communities.