Dolton area dentist describes the process of root canal treatment
When Dolton, IL area patients hear the words “root canal treatment,” they often have negative thoughts of pain. However, root canal treatment is performed to treat pain not to cause it. When the procedure is performed by the team at Pleasant Dental®, patients can rest easy knowing they will be properly sedated for the entire procedure to ensure ultimate comfort. Dr. Dean Dietrich feel that proper education on root canal therapy is necessary so patients have all the information they need to decide if it is right for them.
What is root canal treatment?
Root canal treatment, sometimes called endodontic therapy, is a procedure that is performed to save a natural tooth from extraction. The procedure itself requires the dentist to access the inner portion of the tooth where the dental pulp is housed. The dental pulp is a mass of tissues within a tooth that includes the blood supply, nerves, and tissues that keep the tooth alive. When the pulp is removed, the tooth is deadened, and pain is no longer felt. However, the tooth structure is salvaged. The entire procedure is done in one appointment, though a second appointment may be necessary for the placement of a dental crown.
What is an alternative to root canal therapy?
The only alternative to root canal therapy is the permanent removal of a tooth and sufficient replacement. Replacement may be done with:
- Dental implants
- Dental bridges
- Partial dentures
However, more time and money is spent on removal and replacement, making root canal therapy the preferable option.
Do you believe root canal therapy can help your smile?
If so, contact the team at Pleasant Dental®. Dr. Dean Dietrich discuss with patients the situations in which root canal therapy may be required to bring the smile back to health. Call them today for an appointment at (708) 576-1900, and visit the practice conveniently located in Dolton, IL at 609 E. Sibley Blvd (147th).
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