What Will the Future Hold for Root Canals?
A root canal can save an infected tooth and prevent an extraction by removing bacteria and damaged tissue from the internal anatomy of your tooth. Root canals relieve symptoms and pain associated with infection and inflammation so close to your nerve.
We offer comfortable root canals in our Layton, UT dental office with a high success rate, allowing our patients to keep their natural teeth in most cases.
Our high success rate for root canal therapy results from the many years of experience of Dr. Hans Smith and his meticulous monitoring of your oral health after treatment, prior to the dental restoration procedure. In most cases, we offer root canal treatment without the need for a referral to a specialist.
Root canal therapy may change in the near future as technology consistently improves the way we detect the presence of bacteria. A new device, tested in England at King’s College London, promises to provide a more accurate detection process for root canals, eliminating the need for follow-up post-root-canal appointments.
Saving Your Natural Teeth
We want the best in oral health for our patients, and part of that is protecting your natural teeth, whenever possible. Extracting a natural tooth is a last resort that we recommend only when no other options exist and it is necessary to relieve pain or protect your other teeth. Tooth loss can change your bite and can also mean bone loss, which destabilizes your healthy teeth.
Root canal therapy, when performed properly, will remove the nerve and the infection from your tooth’s canals while leaving your tooth structure intact. Because the blood supply and nerve are removed, your tooth will become brittle after root canal treatment although it remains as part of your chewing mechanism. A dental crown will add stability and protect your tooth from cracking or breaking apart during normal day-to-day use.
The pain, discomfort, and swelling associated with an infected root canal will subside after treatment. When you care for your tooth properly, the life of your tooth can be prolonged by many years or even decades thanks to root canal treatment.
If you experience tooth pain or swelling or you suspect that you may have an infected tooth, contact Davis Dental Care to learn about your options and schedule a dental exam with Dr. Smith. We look forward to restoring your oral health with high-quality, modern dentistry.