When a tooth is threatened by severe decay, periodontal disease, or damage from an injury, a skilled endodontist must make a judgment call concerning the course of treatment. If the pulp of the tooth is infected or inflamed, a root canal is often the only way to save the tooth.
During a root canal procedure (or endodontic treatment) the soft tissue in the root of the tooth is removed. This tissue contains veins, arteries and lymph vessels. Once the roots are cleaned out and widened, they are filled with a special rubber material. The root canal is only the first step in the complete tooth restoration. After the root canal, without a crown, the tooth will become dry and brittle. The final steps are the core build up and crown.
At Cascade Endodontics, we fabricate strong, natural-looking crowns that blend perfectly with the surrounding teeth. With proper oral hygiene and regular visits to your dentist, a tooth with a filled root can often function problem-free for the rest of a patient’s life.
Because teeth with infected pulp tissue often cause no symptoms, it is important to have regular dental examinations. Dr. Jon Jenson can determine which (if any) teeth have infected roots. If the infection in the soft pulp tissue is left untreated, it can progress to a point where the tooth cannot be saved. Is it time for a thorough dental exam?
If you suspect you might need a root canal, give us a call. Cascade Endodontics will surprise you with how quickly—and painlessly—we can address your concerns. Call today for a consultation with our knowledgeable and friendly staff. 801-734-9076.
Jon Jenson DDS
1375 E 800 N Ste 203
Orem, UT 84097