Each tooth in your mouth is built like a fortress with hard enamel and dentin protecting the nerve inside. However, when severe tooth decay or another type of damage gives bacteria access to the interior pulp chamber, painful infection can ensue. In this case, a root canal is likely the best option to treat the tooth. Otherwise, it would need to be extracted. With Dr. King and our team at Summer Creek Dentistry, this tooth-saving procedure relieves pain and ensures that your tooth continues to serve you well for years to come.
When a root canal becomes necessary, Dr. King will start by giving you a local anesthetic, which feels like getting a cavity filled. Once you’re numb, she will remove the infected tissue and structure, including the pulp. Then, she will clean the inside of the tooth and seal it off, preventing future infection. Finally, she will place a restoration on the tooth. If your tooth needs a custom dental crown, we will take impressions of your teeth and place a temporary one while your permanent crown is crafted.
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