Carl H. Boykin, D.D.S. Jackson Dentist

Root Canals- Rotary


 

                    Root canal treatment (also referred to as root canal therapy or endodontic therapy)

                    is made necessary when a cavity is allowed, through neglect, to reach all the way

                    to this pulp. (Regular cleanings and checkups prevent and detect problems early).

                    Sometimes deep restorations or trauma to a tooth may cause the  nerve to be

                    damaged to the point it needs root canal therapy, also. Once this occurs the pulp

                    becomes infected, and can even extend through the root tip and begin to eat away

                    at the surrounding bone (this is an abscess). By the time the pulp is infected it 

                    must be treated, and cannot heal on its own. It can even weaken the entire

                    immune system. This is dangerous, not to mention very painful.

                    Symptoms that the pulp has become infected may include sensitivity to hot/cold or

                    sweets, pain, swelling, pain to biting or pressure, and a bad taste in the mouth.

                    Sometimes, however, no symptoms are apparent and the person is unaware of any

                    problem until a checkup. A root canal is then performed to clean out the infected

                    tooth pulp, and disinfect the canals of the tooth. The only other treatment would

                    be to extract the tooth. Once the infection is resolved, the canal(s) are filled in to

                    prevent any further infection. Usually a core build-up and crown is recommended

                    for restoring a tooth that has had root canal therapy. We are always happy to 

                    discuss cost and treatment options. Our office uses "Rotary" treatment which

                    usually  shorter in time and more comfortable for our patients.


 


 

4793 McWillie Dr.

 

Jackson, MS 39206

 


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