Root Canal Therapy
in Washington, MO

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Root canal therapy is a dental procedure that saves and repairs a tooth that is badly decayed or infected. The therapy involves removing the nerves and pulp from the inside of the tooth, cleaning the infected area, and then sealing it. Despite its reputation, root canal therapy in Washington, MO is a relatively painless process, thanks to modern dental technology and anesthesia. It is a highly effective treatment that can prevent further damage to the tooth and surrounding tissue. Dr. Schuyler at Franklin County Dental and Implants is highly skilled in performing root canal therapies, ensuring a smooth and comfortable experience.

Why Should I Get Root Canal Therapy?

Root canal therapy is essential if you have a tooth that is severely decayed or infected. If left untreated, the infection can spread, leading to abscesses, swelling that can spread to other areas of the face or neck, bone loss around the root of the tooth, and severe pain. The therapy can save your tooth, eliminating the need for extraction and replacement with an artificial tooth. It can also restore your tooth to its full function, allowing you to eat and speak normally. Plus, a root canal can relieve the pain and discomfort caused by the infection.

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Did you know…

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A tooth doesn't die after a root canal since it can survive without the pulp, which is only necessary during a tooth's growth and development.

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The Benefits Of Root Canal Therapy

Pain Relief

Root canal therapy can provide significant relief from the severe pain caused by a tooth infection. The procedure involves removing the infected pulp, which is the source of the pain. Once the pulp is removed and the tooth is sealed, the pain will subside. You can return to your normal activities without the constant distraction of tooth pain.

Tooth Preservation

One of the major benefits of root canal therapy is that it allows for the preservation of your natural tooth. Extraction and replacement with an artificial tooth can be more complex and costly. Keeping your natural tooth helps maintain your natural bite and the efficient chewing of food. It also preserves the natural appearance of your smile.

Prevents Spread of Infection

Root canal therapy stops the infection from spreading to other teeth or to the jawbone. If left untreated, the infection can lead to serious health problems, including abscesses and bone loss. The therapy effectively eliminates the infection, protecting your overall oral health.

The Root Canal Therapy Treatment Process

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Examination and X-ray

The first step in root canal therapy is a thorough examination of the affected tooth. Dr. Schuyler will take an X-ray to see the shape of the root canals and determine whether there are any signs of infection in the surrounding bone.

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Anesthesia and Pulp Removal

Local anesthesia is administered to numb the area. Once the tooth is numb, a small hole is drilled into the tooth. The diseased or damaged pulp is then removed through this hole using special tools.

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Cleaning, Filling, and Sealing

The inside of the tooth is carefully cleaned and disinfected. After the tooth is thoroughly cleaned, it is filled with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. The hole is then sealed with a filling. In some cases, a crown may be placed over the tooth to protect it and restore its function and appearance.

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