Save Your Tooth with Root Canal Treatment
The more formal name for a root canal procedure is endodontic treatment, which roughly translates to treatment “inside your tooth.” Appropriately, root canal treatment involves carefully accessing the interior of your tooth (its inner pulp chamber) and the root canal that’s connected to it. When tooth decay becomes severe enough to infect these chambers, the pain can become much more intense than a mild cavity. The threat to your tooth and oral health also becomes more serious, making the need for root canal treatment even more urgent.
Why a Filling Won’t Work Anymore
The more common treatment for tooth decay is a tooth-colored filling, which is designed to fill the affected area of your tooth’s main structure, known as the dentin. However, when tooth decay reaches beyond the dentin and into the pulp, a filling won’t be enough to replace and restore the infected tissues within it. Root canal treatment involves removing these tissues and the infection from your tooth’s pulp and root canal, then filling and sealing them with a strong, highly biocompatible material. Then, we can place a lifelike dental crown over the tooth for enhanced protection after your procedure.
What to Expect from Root Canal Treatment
Though root canal treatment is more involved than a tooth filling procedure, the principles of treatment are the same – to remove the infection from your tooth and save the healthy structure that remains. With our extensive experience and array of dental technology, we can often complete treatment in just a single day, including the placement of your dental crown afterward. If you prefer, you may opt for dental sedation to help you remain calm and comfortable throughout your procedure.
Treat an infected root canal conservatively
If your tooth decay has reached the interior of your tooth, then root canal treatment might be the only way to remove it and alleviate the resulting pain. To find out if you need root canal treatment, schedule a free consultation by calling Calcagno Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Rochester, MN, today at (507) 281-3659. We also serve patients who live in Red Wing, St. Charles, Winona, Farmington, Austin, and all surrounding communities.