Root Canal Treatment in Harvest Green
Your teeth are not solid. Inside each tooth is a cavity that holds the pulp. Tooth pulp is a combination of nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues. Just like your gums and jawbone, the pulp of your teeth is vulnerable to bacteria and infections. At M Dental at Aliana, Dr. Maredia offers root canal therapy to treat infections inside a tooth.
What Is a Root Canal?
A root canal is a minor dental procedure that removes the damaged pulp, bacteria, and infection from inside the tooth. The reason why Dr. Maredia recommends that you have a root canal is to protect your natural tooth. Extraction may take care of the infection, but then you need a second procedure to replace the extracted tooth.
Are You a Good Candidate for Root Canal Treatment?
In addition to an infection inside your tooth, Dr. Maredia considers other factors before recommending root canal therapy to her patients in Harvest Green. The first consideration is the severity of the infection. If she believes that she can remove all of the infection with a root canal, she will recommend the procedure. The second consideration is if the infection is threatening neighboring teeth or your jawbone. If the infection is limited to the interior of your tooth, root canal treatment is a viable and effective option.
What Is the Procedure for Root Canal Therapy?
For a root canal, Dr. Maredia makes a small hole in the affected tooth. This allows her to access the interior cavity with the dental pulp. She removes the pulp, infection, and other damaged tissue. A medication is applied to the tooth to kill off any other bacteria and pathogens. She then seals the tooth.
What to Expect After a Root Canal
Expect to have some discomfort after your root canal treatment. A nonprescription pain medication can help you feel more comfortable. You may need to eat only soft foods for a few days. Be sure to follow the aftercare instructions that we provide after your root canal.
How Long Does a Root Canal Last?
Rarely do patients in Harvest Green need a second root canal, but it is necessary in some cases. Bacteria may infiltrate the teeth, or you may have had an infection in the deeper part of the roots. With good oral health care and regular visits with Dr. Maredia, the results of your root canal can last a lifetime.
Call Us Today to Schedule Your Appointment
Call M Dental at Aliana in Richmond today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Maredia. After performing a thorough examination, she will let you know if you need root canal treatment or one of our other dental treatments.