The purpose of root canal therapy

Tooth infections are known to be extremely problematic for patients, often causing extreme pain and discomfort. But instead of extracting the tooth, many patients can save the tooth by undergoing root canal therapy. Root canal therapy, sometimes just referred to by patients as a “root canal.”

What happens during endodontic therapy?

A root canal is performed to remove the mass of tissues from inside of the tooth, known as the dental pulp, to eliminate pain and to treat any infection or disease that has impacted it. The dental pulp includes the nerves which cause the sensation of pain. With its removal, the tooth itself is essentially deadened while maintaining the natural tooth in place. This is the primary purpose of root canal therapy and the reason why the team at McDowell Dental Group highly recommends this treatment to patients.

What can I expect from my procedure?

Patients who hear the words “root canal” often cringe at the idea of a painful procedure. However, this is never the case! Drs. Gary and Ashley McDowell encourage patients to talk about their dental anxieties so they can help with proper sedation, local anesthetics, and numbing solutions. Once patients are comfortable in the dental chair, our dentists get to work at accessing the inner portion of the tooth. The dental pulp is removed, infection is treated, and gutta percha is used to fill the canals. In most situations, a dental crown may also be placed over the tooth. This is due to the weakening of the natural tooth that can occur with root canal therapy. The dental crown offers an extra layer of protection and strength for our patients to assist in maintaining the tooth in place.

Learn more about endodontic therapy with the McDowell Dental Group

Drs. Gary and Ashley McDowell of Abington, PA believe that patients should have options available to them to maintain the health and function of their smile. If a root canal procedure has been recommended for you, it may be time to work with our team to discuss your needs. Call (215) 885-0555 today and visit the office at 1047 Old York Road.

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