Root Canal Therapy Can Save a Tooth From Extraction and Maintain the Natural Smile
- Posted on: Jan 15 2019
At Wylie Dental Care, patients in and around the area of Glen Dale, WV are welcome to ask about general, cosmetic, and reconstructive dental procedures. In addition, some patients may be in need of necessary procedures such as root canal therapy to save their smile.
What is Root Canal Therapy?
Also referred to as endodontic therapy, root canal therapy is a procedure done to save a tooth from extraction. When a tooth has been injured, infected, or has experienced an abscess, it can cause extreme pain due to the access of the dental pulp, where the nerves of the tooth are housed. Instead of permanently removing the tooth, Dr. Charles L. Wylie may suggest root canal therapy to save the tooth. This procedure requires the dentist to access the inner portion of the tooth to reach the dental pulp, removing it and replacing it with a filling such as gutta percha. This seals the tooth and keeps bacteria from entering back in. In many instances, the dentist may also place a dental crown over the tooth. This is because the tooth can become brittle and weak from the removal of the dental pulp and much more susceptible to damage from natural chewing and biting forces. The primary benefit of root canal therapy is to avoid removal of the tooth and replacement with dentures, dental bridges, or dental implants—which can add costs and problems for patients that can be completely avoided.
Who is a Candidate for Root Canal Therapy?
In many cases, a tooth may be saved with root canal therapy, During an evaluation, our dentist will determine if patients can use endodontic treatment to save their tooth, or if they may have no choice but to permanently extract their tooth and seek replacements.
Interested in Learning More about Endodontic Therapy?
Contact Dr. Charles L. Wylie and the team of Wylie Dental Care to discuss the benefits of root canal therapy for avoiding permanent extraction of a natural tooth. The practice is located at 1589 Wheeling Avenue in Glen Dale, WV and can be reached by calling (304) 845-2480. Call today and book your consultation appointment with our team to discuss your dental health needs.
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