Root Canal Therapy Can Help You Avoid Tooth Extraction
Dr. Wesley O. Lynch performs root canal therapy, or endodontic treatment, to eliminate advanced tooth decay and salvage the outer structure of a tooth, avoiding the need for extraction. Dr. Lynch has many years of experience performing root canal therapy, and uses advanced techniques to make the procedure virtually painless and highly effective. To learn more about how Dr. Lynch can save your tooth with root canal therapy, please contact our Ruston office today.
When to Consider a Root Canal
Tooth infection can develop when decay advances to the pulp, or the nerves and blood vessels at the center of the tooth. Left untreated, an infection can lead to abscess, tooth loss, jaw bone atrophy, and other complications. Tooth infection symptoms include pain and soreness, sensitivity to temperature, sharp pain when biting down, and tooth discoloration. If you notice any of these symptoms, make an appointment with Dr. Lynch immediately. Prompt medical attention is the best way to avoid the need for tooth extraction.
The Root Canal Procedure
Root canal therapy begins with a local anesthetic to ensure your comfort throughout treatment. Next, Dr. Lynch will create a small hole in the side of your tooth to access the pulp chamber. He will use advanced tools to completely remove all pulp from within the tooth and the root canals, the narrow channels at the center of the tooth roots. Once the tooth is completely empty, he will sterilize the pulp chamber.
Next, Dr. Lynch will fill the pulp chamber with gutta-percha, a rubber-like substance, and seal the access point. In almost all cases, patients will require a dental crown following a root canal. Crowns are tooth-shaped caps customized to match the shape, size, and color of your natural teeth. This solution provides valuable support to your tooth, restores your ability to chew comfortably, and gives your smile a natural, healthy appearance.
Root Canal Therapy Candidates
If you are experiencing advanced tooth decay that does not yet require extraction, you may be a candidate for a root canal. Dr. Lynch will evaluate your tooth, and if the outer structure is capable of supporting a crown, he may recommend a root canal. If your tooth requires extraction, Dr. Lynch offers other solutions to restore your smile. Dental implants are small titanium posts that replace lost tooth roots and provide an anchor for crowns and dentures. Placing dental implants requires two surgical procedures with three to six months of recovery in between, but they can provide a lifetime of incredible support for your dental restorations.
Patients may also choose to replace an extracted tooth with just a bridge, or partial denture, attached to healthy adjacent teeth. However, it is important to remember that in the absence of tooth roots, your jaw will atrophy, or shrink. Dental implants are the only restorative treatment that can halt this process, making it the very best way to restore a smile following tooth loss. Though implants are an elective procedure, we offer several financing options to help you afford this advanced treatment. During a consultation, you and Dr. Lynch can determine the best solution for your needs.
Contact Us Today
To learn more about how root canal therapy and other treatments by Dr. Lynch can restore your smile, please contact us today.