Root Canals & Extractions
A few generations ago, the most common response to an infected or abscessed tooth was to pull it. Modern dentistry, though, offers patients many affordable options for preserving teeth. Dr. Kevin S. Bone is experienced at several techniques that relieve the symptoms of a painful infection without removing the tooth.
Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy is a remarkable treatment with a high rate of success. It involves removing diseased tissue, halting the spread of infection, and restoring the healthy portion of the tooth. Root canal therapy often saves teeth. Before root canals, the only treatment for a diseased tooth was extraction.
Root canal therapy usually entails one to three visits to our office.
During the first visit, a small hole is drilled through the top of the tooth and into the inner chamber. Diseased tissue is removed and Dr. Bone cleans and disinfects the inner chamber and root canals. He fills the cleansed chamber and canals with an elastic material and medication designed to prevent infection. If necessary, the drilled hole is temporarily filled until a permanent seal is made with a crown.
Many people worry about discomfort during and after a root canal. That worry is unfounded. Most patients experience little or no discomfort or pain. The restored tooth usually lasts almost as long as its healthy original.
Abscessed Tooth Treatment
An abscessed tooth is a pocket of pus. It’s usually caused by an infection and the spread of bacteria from the root of the tooth to the tissue just below or near the tooth.
In general, a tooth that has become abscessed is one whose underlying pulp (the tooth’s soft core) has become infected or swollen. The pulp contains nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue, and lies within the tooth. It extends from the crown of the tooth, to the tip of the root, in the bone of the jaw.
An abscessed tooth can be an extremely painful condition.