Root Canal Treatment
Root Canal Treatment is used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes infected. When a tooth’s nerve tissue or pulp is damaged, it breaks down and bacteria and other decayed debris cause an abscessed tooth. An abscess occurs when the infection spreads all the way past the ends of the roots of the tooth. The absence of a nerve will not affect the day-to-day function of a tooth. During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed.
If a root canal is contraindicated, extraction of the affected tooth becomes necessary and then a fixed bridge or dental implants or removable partial dentures are prescribed as a replacement.
Apicoectomy is a surgical procedure usually performed after a failed root canal treatment. The majority of failed root canals are caused by lingering infections in the bone at the tip of the root. Apicoectomy is an invasive but effective surgical procedure. The tip of the root of the tooth is removed and replaced with a filling to remove the persistent infection and healing occurs.
Richard B Waghalter, D.D.S Healthy Smiles of Houston 5959 West Loop South, Suite 640 Bellaire, TX 77401
Telephone: 713-771-7101 FAX: 713-771-7102
Financing available through Springstone Financial and Care Credit.