Root canal addresses infection and disease for Indianapolis, IN area patients
Indianapolis, IN area patients who are struggling with an infected tooth have two options to address the issue:
- Root canal therapy
In most cases, patients are interested in addressing the infection with root canal therapy before considering permanent removal of the natural tooth.
Root canal therapy explained
Root canal therapy is a procedure that is often dreaded by our patients. However, the hype is not true. There are many misconceptions regarding root canal therapy. Patients believe it is painful, but with proper anesthetics and sedation, patients won’t feel a thing. Instead, they will experience relief from the toothache they may be dealing with. Root canal therapy involves oral surgery during which the dentist accesses the inner portion of the tooth to remove diseased and infected tissues. The inner canals of the tooth are disinfected and then gutta percha seals off the inner portion. Some patients benefit from the placement of a dental crown over the tooth to offer an extra layer of protection.
Why root canal therapy?
Root canal therapy is a desired alternative to the permanent removal of a natural tooth when an infection is present. This procedure can save the natural tooth’s structure. If a tooth is extracted, patients then need to deal with tooth replacement options such as bridges, dentures, or dental implants. Many of these are costly and may require ongoing work to maintain. Instead, root canal therapy allows the natural tooth to stay in place and provides an alternative to removal. Root canal therapy is effective and can seal the tooth off from further infection.
Are you in need of root canal therapy?
Dr. Matthew Church and his team work closely with patients who are in need of dental work. At Washington Street Dental, we provide many complex procedures in-house to avoid the need for referrals to different specialists. Contact the practice today at (317) 333-6788 or schedule an appointment right at our practice at 10935 East Washington Street.