Our Oral Surgeon Frisco TX at Prestonbrook Dental
A root canal is a treatment preformed by an oral surgeon Frisco TX. It’s used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes infected. During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed.
Without treatment, the tissue surrounding the tooth will become infected and abscesses may form. If the infection is caught early enough, the procedure is generally painless and can be completed in one visit.
“Root canal” is the term used to describe the natural cavity within the center of the tooth. The pulp or pulp chamber is the soft area within the root canal. The tooth’s nerve lies within the root canal. A tooth’s nerve is not vitally important to a tooth’s health and function after the tooth has emerged through the gums. Its only function is sensory to provide the sensation of hot or cold. The presence or absence of a nerve will not affect the day-to-day functioning of the tooth.
Root Canal Treatment
Once a tooth has had a root canal, the access hole made during the procedure has to be filled. If the hole is small enough, this can be done with a white bonded filling. If a large portion of the tooth structure is missing, the tooth needs to be secured with a porcelain crown or “cap”. Dr. Chaudhry, our oral surgeon Frisco TX, has advanced training in root canal therapy and the restorative procedures. He generally completes these procedures all in one location, from our dental clinic.
It is our goal at Prestonbrook Dental that your tooth extraction be as simple and painless as possible. For more information about extractions, please contact our dental clinic in Frisco TX for more information.
Some of the common reasons for tooth extractions:
- The tooth is simply not repairable, or may be impractical to repair under the circumstances. This includes teeth that are decayed below the gum line, or teeth that have lost too much bone due to gum disease.
- Removal of the tooth may be a matter of health. Removing wisdom teeth often fall into this category, as do teeth associated with cysts or infections, and any teeth that compromise the patient’s oral health if left in place
- Teeth are frequently removed because they are crowded and their removal would create the space necessary to allow for proper spacing. Orthodontists occasionally request extractions for just this reason. Some front teeth are so crowded that removal is the obvious choice over straightening, and then the teeth are replaced with implants, bridges, or removable partials.