Posts for tag: Root Canal Therapy

December 18, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal Therapy  

Your sore tooth doesn’t necessarily need to be pulled.  

If there is sufficient bone support holding the tooth in place, your tooth can be preserved and restored and made to feel normal again with a procedure called root canal therapy.

Just those 2 words can make the hair on the back of your neck stand up, but modern treatment can be accomplished usually in one appointment with no discomfort. The advantages of saving your tooth are numerous. Tooth replacement is often more costly and requires more time and more visits. Most people want to return to normal in as few visits with as little discomfort as possible. Root canal therapy is often the answer.

If the tooth cannot be saved, then the options become a bit more complicated. The most acceptable treatment for a lost tooth in modern dental practices involves placement of an implant and crown. This treatment restores the tooth in a manner which most resembles the natural dentition. Bridges and partial dentures are still an alternative, but are now less acceptable.

Modern dental practices have patient financing available which helps patients pay for the most ideal forms of treatment.

By James B. Howell, D.M.D
February 25, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Often, when our Louisville patients think of root canal therapy they associate it with pain.  The pain experienced is from the infected tooth, which is then relieved through root canal therapy.  Known to restore and save an average of 17 million teeth each year, root canal treatment in Louisville helps to keep your tooth and stop the pain, which is always better than having a tooth extraction.  Root Canal Therapy

Understanding Root Canal Therapy

Your tooth is made up of a hard protective shell called enamel, a softer middle layer called dentin and a soft tissue inner layer called dental pulp.  Composed of nerve tissue, lymph tissue and blood vessels, the dental pulp is considered a vital part of your tooth.  If your dental pulp is severely damaged, the tooth begins to die.  Root canal therapy is often the best treatment to prevent and eliminate infection, preventing tooth loss. 

Signs you might need a root canal include:

  • Minimal to severe pain
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Swelling and irritation in the surrounding gum tissue
  • Signs of infection visible on a radiograph
Root canal therapy allows dentists to save your teeth in the safest way possible and is used to find the cause and treat the problems of the dental pulp.  The narrow channels beneath the pulp chamber in the inner part of your tooth are reshaped and cleaned through root canal therapy and the roots are filled with materials that are designed to prevent pain and infection from recurring. 
At the initial onset of any pain or discomfort with your teeth, consult our office to discuss your treatment options.  Our office will advise our patients in Louisville as to how root canal treatment can help stop your pain and treat the infection.

Louisville, KY Cosmetic Dentistry
James B. Howell, D.M.D.
3936 Dutchmans Lane
Louisville, KY 40207
(502) 899-7766



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