Root Canal Treatment Can Save an Infected Tooth
Dr. Byron J. Nordhus can save an infected tooth with virtually pain-free root canal treatment. At his state-of-the-art practice in Wichita, KS, Dr. Nordhus performs this restorative dentistry treatment using sophisticated tools and techniques to clean, sterilize, and seal your damaged tooth. Once your tooth is fitted with a custom dental crown, it can function as normal and look completely natural. Dr. Nordhus also offers special bleaching following a root canal for improved aesthetics. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, contact our friendly team today.
Root canal treatment has a success rate greater than 95 percent.
When Is a Root Canal Necessary?
Root canal treatment is recommended when the soft tissue inside the tooth, called the pulp, becomes infected. This can happen for a number of reasons, such as a cracked tooth, a deep cavity, trauma, or repeated dental procedures. You might notice symptoms including pain, prolonged sensitivity to heat and cold, swelling, tooth discoloration, or tenderness in the area. Sometimes, there will not be any symptoms. If it is left untreated, the infection can eventually result in tooth loss and compromise the health of your jaw. Root canal treatment removes infected tissue, relieves discomfort, and allows your biting and chewing function to return to normal. It also eliminates the need for tooth extraction. Preserving the tooth is best for your oral health, and helps you avoid the need for more extensive procedures like dental implant treatment.
What to Expect
The pulp inside your tooth consists of nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. It extends down into the tooth roots. Root canal treatment is the process of removing the damaged pulp from the inside of the tooth and preserving the outer tissue. To accomplish this, Dr. Nordhus will first numb your tooth so you will comfortable. He then creates an opening in the top of the tooth to access the pulp chamber. Next, he removes the diseased pulp from the inside of the tooth and roots. He then gently cleans and shapes the root canals in preparation for filling them with a rubber-like substance called gutta-percha.
Because a tooth that has had a root canal can become darker in color, Dr. Nordhus can place a safe bleaching agent (sodium perborate) within the tooth. This internal bleaching method stops discoloration before it starts, and accomplishes what surface tooth whitening cannot. The tooth is then filled and sealed. During a second appointment, Dr. Nordhus will complete your root canal treatment by placing a crown on the tooth for support and protection.
With modern dentistry, you can expect to be comfortable during and after your treatment. In addition, root canal treatment can:
- Restore balance to your bite so that surrounding teeth are not subjected to excessive strain or wear
- Maintain the natural appearance of your tooth
- Relieve pain and restore normal biting force and sensation
- Help you avoid the need for more extensive and costly treatment
Root canal treatment has a success rate greater than 95 percent. With proper care, a root canal can help you keep your tooth for a lifetime. To make an appointment with Dr. Nordhus, contact us today.