A common name for endodontic procedure is root canal treatment, which can restore the health of a tooth that has been damaged by infection in the tooth root. You can recognize tooth infection symptoms as a large cavity, lost or loose dental filling or pain that is deep in a tooth or your gums. It’s important to treat a dental infection as soon as possible so that it doesn’t result in worsened pain, tooth discoloration or the removal of the tooth. Below we have simplified the process of root canal treatment to help you understand how it can save your tooth.
Depending on the extent of the damage, you may need to schedule two separate visits with our doctor to fully restore your tooth. With the help of dental X-rays, we will know how severe the infection is before we treat it. First, we uncover the tooth from its tooth enamel to access the area of infection, which is removed and replaced with a material called gutta-percha.
The tooth is then formed into an abutment to support a permanent dental crown that is custom made by a dental laboratory that uses an impression of your smile as a guide. As the permanent crown is made, a temporary crown can do the trick for your smile in the meantime.
Later, the dental crown is secured in place with a potent dental cement, and it will require daily oral care to provide your smile with the support it needs for many years to come. To learn more about root canal treatment in Austin, Texas, contact Anderson Lane Dental at 512.459.4347 today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Pevow.