Dr. Cynthia Landry may recommend a root canal treatment if decay, infection or injury has affected the nerves of your tooth. Root canals are used to prevent extraction and help preserve the health of your tooth. In fact, a root canal is often the only alternative to a tooth extraction.
Root canal therapy is a type of endodontic treatment, meaning that it focuses on the pulp (inner nerves and tissues) and roots of your tooth. This treatment is typically recommended when injury or decay reaches far beyond the outer layer of protective tooth enamel and causes the tooth to weaken and begin to die. It may also be recommended if you have a tooth that is broken or cracked.
When you receive a root canal, our dentist will remove the injured and infected tissues from the tooth. The tooth will then be cleaned and filled with a medicated material before being capped with temporary crown. After your final crown has been completed you will return to our office, and it will be bonded into place over the damaged tooth to complete your treatment. Most root canals can be completed in one or two appointments. If your case is particularly complex, our dentist may refer you to a trusted specialist for treatment.
Historically, root canal therapy has been considered a very painful procedure. Thanks to advances in dentistry and pain management techniques, we can provide your treatment in relative comfort. We will provide you with local anesthesia to help you remain comfortable, and will use the latest treatment techniques to minimize your discomfort as much as possible.
We invite you to call Landry Family and Orthodontic Dentistry at 870-493-3676 for more information about root canal therapy in Lepanto, Arkansas, and to set up an appointment with our experienced dentist.