“Root Canal” can be a very scary term to hear at a dental visit. However, with all of the new advances in technology, the procedure has become easier for dentists and patients as well. If a tooth has become infected, a root canal is the recommended procedure to save a tooth instead of removing it. A root canal is performed when the nerve of the tooth becomes infected because of dental disease or trauma. A Root Canal is performed by making a small opening in the top of the tooth. A special instrument is then used to remove the infected nerve and tissue from the root or roots of the infected tooth, so that the tooth can be disinfected and sealed. An antibiotic is often prescribed to take care of the infection. After root canal treatment, it is highly recommended that the tooth have a crown placed to improve the appearance and to make it stronger.
lf an infected tooth is left untreated, it can turn into an abscess. The infection is a serious problem that can cause bone loss in the jaw. Left untreated, infection can also be fatal. Root canal treatment will lead to pain relief and restore your mouth to good health allowing you to enjoy eating the foods that we love.
Dr. Byrd does most root canal treatments. In some cases, he may recommend that you see a root canal specialist, which is also called an endodontìst.