If you suffer from dental infection, you may benefit from root canal therapy, a time-tested treatment that can eliminate oral bacteria and save your tooth. Although root canals have a reputation for being highly disagreeable, Dr. Vlachakis’ considerable skill and our advanced treatment techniques mean that you will experience minimal discomfort, if any. Rather, your root canal can eliminate the pain of dental infection, restore your bite, and enhance your smile.
The Importance of Root Canals
When dental decay goes untreated, bacteria will eventually affect the dental roots. This often causes extreme discomfort, as well as other symptoms, such as bad breath. Without prompt care, the bacteria could destroy your entire tooth, necessitating extraction and extensive restorative work. The bacteria could also continue to spread and infect your surrounding teeth. With a root canal, Dr. Vlachakis can eliminate oral infection and restore your tooth using conservative means.
The Root Canal Procedure
Before your root canal, the dentist will numb your tooth and gums. If you are apprehensive about the procedure, we also offer several sedation options to help you feel relaxed and calm during your treatment. When you are comfortable, Dr. Vlachakis will remove all bacteria and debris from inside your tooth and from your root canals. After sealing your tooth to prevent future infection, she will fill it with gutta percha, a rubber compound that will lend strength and stability to your tooth. Finally, she will place a custom-created dental crown to restore functionality and enhance the appearance of your smile.
The Benefits of Root Canals
Without a root canal, most infected teeth would eventually require extraction. This would, of course, leave a gap in your smile, which could only be treated with dental bridges or implants. If left untreated, missing teeth would eventually cause a receding jawbone and further tooth loss. In addition to saving your tooth, root canal therapy often provides immediate relief for an infected tooth, and it prevents oral bacteria from spreading to other teeth.
Dr. Vlachakis performs root canal therapy using the latest rotary tools. These electronic devices are more accurate and efficient, making treatment faster and preserving more of your tooth structure. Because these rotary endontics eliminates manual work, you will not have to listen to the sounds of treatment, which many patients find distasteful or stress-inducing. Instead, your root canal procedure will be efficient and quiet, involving minimal discomfort.
Do You Need Root Canal Therapy?
If a tooth filling isn’t enough to treat your infected tooth, then root canal therapy may be your best option for saving it. To learn more, schedule an examination by calling Healthy Smiles Family Dentistry today at (281) 974-4494. Located in Memorial City Plaza, we proudly serve the residents of Houston, Memorial City, Bunker Hill, West Beltway, City Center, Hedwig Village, and all surrounding communities.