Endodontics is the dental specialty focused on the study and treatment of the dental pulp. The dental pulp is located within the center of a tooth and is made up of living connective tissue, nerves, and cells. Sometimes the pulp can become infected or injured, in which case, you may be in need of endodontic treatment. Root canals are the most common type of endodontic treatment. If you need a root canal, we want you to know you are great hands with our team.
Endodontic therapy or root canal therapy is one of the most common dental procedures performed. If you have an infection within the pulp of a tooth or have suffered an injury that damaged the pulp, you may need a root canal to save the tooth and avoid an extraction.
First, your dentist will use a local anesthetic to numb the area and make sure you don’t feel a thing. We will then make a small access hole in the tooth. Using specialized instruments, we will carefully clean the canals and remove any infection. We will reshape the root canals to their desired location, and fill the chamber to prevent further infection.
Finally, we will typically finish a root canal by sealing the tooth with a new crown, to protect and reinforce the tooth to prevent further damage or infection. See, that wasn’t so bad, was it?
You may need a root canal if:
It will only get worse if you ignore it, so you should see your Lafayette dentist right away if you notice any of the above signs and symptoms. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please give us a call today at 337.446.2397. Dr. Muse would be happy to sit down with you and discuss your treatment options.
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