Does Your Tooth Need Root Canal Treatment?

Root canal treatment (RCT) describes cleaning and disinfecting the inside of a tooth and its root canals. It can be recommended when a tooth suffers a cavity that is too large for a filling, or when a tooth is damaged enough to expose its inner pulp chamber. The procedure can typically be completed in a single visit, and a combination of local anesthesia and dental sedation help make it no more uncomfortable than receiving a tooth filling.

The Basics of RCT

  • Root canal treatment, or endodontic treatment, focuses on the innermost chamber of your tooth, called the pulp. This chamber houses the tooth’s nerves, blood vessels, and other soft tissues, which are connected to the tooth’s root and travel through the root canal into your jawbone.
  • Tooth fillings can treat cavities that are limited to the tooth’s dentin (main structure), but are not enough to treat an infection that reaches the tooth’s center. The pulp and root canal can offer a pathway for internal infection to spread beyond the tooth, therefore treatment is necessary to remove the infection before it grows worse.
  • Despite its sometimes unfavorable reputation, root canal treatment helps alleviate the intense discomfort that accompanies an internal tooth infection. In many cases, Dr. Schmidt can access the tooth’s interior using a specially-calibrated dental laser, rather than a cumbersome dental drill. Also, we offer a variety of sedation dentistry techniques that help you relax even if you are apprehensive or anxious.
  • For improved protection after RCT, Dr. Schmidt can place a custom dental crown over the treated tooth. After removing the infected pulp tissues, he will fill the emptied root canal and the tooth’s cavity with biocompatible materials like gutta percha and composite resin. However, a crown may still be necessary to restore its outer structure and provide additional protection.

Call The Austin Dentist Today!

At The Austin Dentist, our philosophy is to provide the gift of service to everyone, and to create rewarding, lasting friendships with all of our patients. We offer a comprehensive list of dental health services in a beautiful environment, where you can receive the care you need from an intelligent, cheerful, patient-centered team. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Joseph G. Schmidt, contact The Austin Dentist in Austin, TX today by calling (512) 328-1500.