At Goehring Dental in Austin, TX we want you to have the healthiest smile possible. If you have an infected tooth and are experiencing pain we may recommend root canal therapy. Root canal therapy is used to save you tooth as opposed to extracting it. Saving your tooth helps retain your bite and keeps your other teeth from drifting out of place. It also helps restore your smile and confidence. Today’s root canal therapy is no more involved than having a cavity filled. Dr. Goehring uses the latest in dental techniques and equipment to repair and save your tooth with minimal to no discomfort.
Structure of Your Teeth
Your teeth have an outer layer of enamel and under this layer is a hard layer called dentin. Inside the dentin is the soft tissue of your teeth called the pulp. The pulp contains the blood vessel and nerves of the tooth as well as connective tissue. One the tooth is mature it can survive without the pulp and get nourishment from the surrounding tissues. In root canal therapy the doctor removes the inflamed or infected pulp relieving your pain.
Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy addresses the inflamed and/or infected pulp of the tooth. The pulp may have become infected or inflamed for many reasons; deep decay, procedures on the tooth, a crack or chip in the tooth, or a faulty crown.
Your doctor will remove the pulp, clean and disinfect the inside of the tooth, and then seal it with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. Depending on the amount of damage your tooth has sustained, the doctor may fill it or restore the tooth with a crown. Once the restoration is complete, your tooth is stronger and your smile and bite are restored. With proper care, the restoration will last a lifetime and limit the number of endodontic treatments you will need in the future.
Benefits of Root Canal Therapy
There are many benefits to root canal therapy. The main benefit is the reduction of pain you experience because of an inflamed or infected tooth. Some of the other benefits include efficient chewing, normal biting force and sensation, saving the natural tooth, maintaining a natural appearance, and it protects your other teeth from excessive strain or wear.
If you are experiencing pain, call or contact our office today and ask about root canal therapy. Our knowledgeable and caring staff will be happy to answer any questions and concerns you may have. At Goehring Dental, we put your oral health as our number one priority and look forward to hearing from you soon.