The Cure, Not the Cause: Root Canals

Root canals have a bad reputation. Just hearing the words make a lot of people uneasy, because they’re associated with pain. But at Providence Dental in Las Vegas, we stress that root canals do the opposite: they don’t cause pain, they relieve it.

A root canal usually becomes necessary when a tooth is infected or badly damaged. Formally known as endodontic treatment, root canals involve cleaning the inside of the tooth by removing bacteria, soft tissue (called pulp), decayed nerve tissue, and any debris. When that’s finished, the tooth is sealed and a crown is placed over it.

Root canals are done on teeth that are very sick, and if they aren’t performed, the tooth will probably die. Even more ominous are the blood-borne infections that spread through the body because of the infected tooth.

The tip-off that something is going on with one of your teeth may be as ordinary as a toothache. But that ache is telling you something, so if you have a toothache don’t ignore it. Schedule an appointment with us right away. Remember, root canals are nothing to fear.

In addition to root canals, Providence Dental in Las Vegas provides family dentistry, pediatric dentistry, and cosmetic dentistry. Call our office today to schedule an appointment.

Contact Providence Dental:

702-852-2244

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

7181 N Hualapai Way Ste 105
Las Vegas, Nevada
89166


Root Canals in North Las Vegas

Providence root canals vs tooth implants

When one of our patients at Providence Dental in North Las Vegas get an abscessed tooth, it’s time to make a choice: attempt to save the tooth with a root canal, or pull it.

An abscessed tooth means the soft pulp inside it has become infected, and is dying. They usually hurt quite a bit.

Performing a root canal can be straight-forward. It involves drilling into the tooth, removing the infected pulp, cleaning and disinfecting the root canal area, and then filling and sealing it.

Root canals have a very high success rate. But there is always a chance of complications down the road. That’s why some patients decide to have the tooth extracted, and replaced with a dental implant.

Like root canals, dental implants have a high success rate. With an implant, a post is inserted in the jaw where the root used to be, and the replacement crown is fitted over that.

If you have been told that a root canal or a dental implant is needed, feel free to talk with us at Providence Dental about the pros and cons of each procedure. We’ll be sure to help you make an informed decision about your dental treatment. Our services also include family dentistry.

Contact Providence Dental:

702-852-2244

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

7181 N Hualapai Way Ste 105
Las Vegas, Nevada
89166

 


3 Problems Which May Require A Root Canal

Centennial Hills family dentist

Hello Nevada, let’s talk about the root canal procedure (“endodontic therapy” in dentist – speak). The root canal may be the most cringe-worthy dental treatment commonly done today, but it is important that dental patients in the Providence, NW Las Vegas, and Centennial Hills areas know what is happening during this anxiety – inducing, though routine, procedure.

At the center of each tooth is a very small tissue called the pulp. This thread-like tissue can become damaged due to a:

An injury to a tooth
A very deep cavity
A crack in the tooth

If this tissue becomes damaged or infected, it can build up at the root tip inside the jawbone and form an abscess. If left untreated, this can actually destroy the bone around the tooth and cause serious discomfort.

When an endodontist, oral surgeon, or general dentist in Las Vegas or Las Vegas performs a root canal, the dead or diseased pulp is taken out, the space that is left is cleaned and then it is shaped and filled. This eliminates the need for a diseased tooth to be pulled and continued cosmetic dentistry to fill in the gap.

Hi. I’m dentist Steven Do of Providence Dental in Las Vegas. I hope that today’s Las Vegas dental blog post has helped you to better understand root canals. I want my patients to have the best oral health possible and accurate dental information. I also want them to look their best, so if you have any questions about a smile makeover, dental implants, or teeth whitening, please give us a call at 702-852-2244.

At Providence Dental we offer:

family and pediatric dentistry
cosmetic dentistry
dental implants
oral surgery

Adults’ and Children’s Dentistry

The following website was used as source material for this blog:
http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Popular-Topics/Common-Dental-Procedures/article/What-is-Root-Canal-Treatment.cvsp, accessed March 14, 2013

 

Contact Providence Dental:

702-852-2244

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

7181 N Hualapai Way Ste 105
Las Vegas, Nevada
89166