Don’t extract. Preserve! Keep teeth intact with painless, fast root canal treatment
Preserving teeth is our priority at Summit Dental Group. And did you know that even some of the most decayed and deeply infected teeth have been “saved” at our office in Boise, Idaho, with Root Canal Therapy? Moreover, RCT is a fast and painless process to preserve teeth and avoid the need to remove or extract the affected tooth.
Treating root canals to save teeth
At the center of each unaltered tooth are root canals. These canals contain pulp tissue. The pulp further contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue. Due to the composition of the pulp, when this innermost structure is inflamed or infected, you will likely know it! The severe decay and infections treated by RCT often cause intense and persistent toothaches. RCT provides relief from pain and other symptoms. Our dentists, Drs Mooney, Studebaker, Ritchie, and Richardson, start the process by accessing the affected root canals. They do so by making a small opening in the tooth. All of this is done on numbed teeth. So you won’t feel anything.
Once the canal is accessed, the inflamed or infected tissue is removed. Then, the treatment site is sterilized, and the canal is reshaped. We seal off the area to prevent reinfection and allow the tooth to heal. Medications may be necessary to clear the tooth of infection. After the tooth has fully healed, one of our dentists will restore it to its strength. This may involve placing a dental crown over the tooth. Prompt restoration is necessary to ensure the RCT tooth heals fully and is susceptible to further damage.
For the long, healthy life of your tooth
For many patients, their treated teeth require no further procedures. Simply continue to take care of the tooth as you would other teeth – with consistent brushing, flossing, and visits to the office of Summit Dental Group in Boise, Idaho.
Call (208) 314-2275 to get into a healthy habit of routine visits before you experience telltale signs of dental damage, such as heightened tooth sensitivity and a dull, throbbing, or persistent ache.
Root canal therapy is a very common procedure. It has a reputation of being undesirable and painful. But when done properly it is actually painless. Every tooth in your mouth is composed of a crown and a root. When a cavity or bacteria penetrates the tooth, the root and its nerves become irritated. As a result, the bacteria within the pulp cavity needs to be removed and cleaned in order to restore the tooth to its healthy state. Following the procedure, the tooth is fragile and consequently is restored with the natural crown for a lifetime of durability. Root canals have a success rate of 95% or greater. Most root canal are diagnosed by patients’ sensitivities to a specific tooth. Be sure to consult your dentist any symptoms or discomfort occur.