If your dentist in Gainesville, Dr. Nossa, has recommended a root canal, there isn’t any reason to fret. Although they have a bad reputation for being painful, our office uses the latest treatments and techniques to ensure your comfort. He can quickly treat your tooth and save it from extraction to preserve your natural smile. He’ll restore your oral health using the latest solutions in dentistry.
A root canal is an endodontic procedure that’s often recommended to treat a severely damaged or infected tooth. It extracts the innermost layer called the pulp. This is the nerve center; however, it is no longer necessary after the tooth has fully formed. Extracting the pulp stops the pain and prevents the damage from worsening, allowing the tooth to stay in place forever with the right aftercare.
Although root canals are common, the treatment is only recommended when there aren’t any other viable options to save a tooth from needing to be removed. You’ll need a thorough examination to ensure it’s the right solution for you. Generally, you may need a root canal if you have certain signs, such as:
After your initial consultation, you’ll be scheduled for your procedure. A local anesthetic will be used to ensure your comfortable as Dr. Nossa uses special dental instruments to remove any areas of decay and extracts the pulp. Once the tooth and root chambers have been cleaned, it is sterilized before being sealed with a special material called gutta-percha. Now, the health and integrity of the tooth have been restored; however, its function and appearance are still compromised.
A dental crown is often used along with root canal therapy. It’s a custom-made cap bonded over the entire visible surface of a tooth above the gum line. It will reinstate the tooth’s function and appearance using a solution that looks natural.
Once we’ve finished your root canal, we’ll take a digital impression to get the measurements necessary to create your restoration. The dental lab will carefully craft it to match your specifications, including the color, size, and shape you need for it to blend in with your real teeth. It can take the lab a couple of weeks, so Dr. Nossa may place a temporary crown while you wait. After your final restoration has been sent back to our office, you’ll return to have it bonded in place. Your crown can last for a decade or longer with the right aftercare to enjoy a long-term solution.
Don’t have your problematic tooth extracted. Dr. Nossa may be able to save it with root canal therapy. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation. We look forward to restoring a healthy, beautiful smile.