A root canal is a hollow chamber within the root of a tooth. This chamber contains nerves and blood vessels, also known as the “pulp”. If bacteria gets into the pulp, an infection can develop. When this happens, it may be necessary to remove the infected pulp and seal the tooth in order to save it and prevent the infection from spreading into the jawbone.
Dr. Strickland has years of experience performing gentle root canal therapy. He works to alleviate any fear you may have, and can get you out of pain and save your tooth. He uses special high-tech instruments to make the procedure as quick, gentle and painless as possible. This procedure is done in one office visit.
During root canal therapy, special tools are used to enter the affected tooth through its chewing surface. The pulp (tissues inside the canal) is removed, all the way to the bottom of the tooth root. Once the canal is cleaned out and disinfected, it is filled with a sterile, rubber-like material that seals the canal. This prevents any bacteria from re-entering the canal.
Because the tooth that has had root canal therapy is no longer alive, it can become brittle. A crown is usually placed over the remaining tooth to maintain its integrity. This tooth can function for a long time – perhaps a lifetime – when cared for properly.
Even though the tooth root is no longer living, the tooth is nourished by the surrounding tissue and can continue to function. The advantages to saving the tooth are the continued biting forces in the jawbone that maintain healthy bone density, and the fact that you will not have a problem with your other teeth shifting into an empty space.
Dr. Strickland uses a special high-tech rotary system for his root canal therapy. This system enables him to clean out the root canal quickly and efficiently, resulting in less time in the chair for you. He makes this procedure as gentle and painless as possible.
With the use of advanced technology, Dr. Strickland can deliver comfortable anesthesia, perform gentle root canal therapy and place a temporary crown – all in one office visit. When your permanent crown is ready, you will come back and Dr. Strickland will place it.
The following symptoms may indicate a root canal infection. Call our office immediately, as these symptoms may indicate that root canal therapy is necessary: