The American Academy of Endodontists has found that fewer Americans feel afraid when they hear their dentists say, "Root Canal." With good reason, many dental patients understand that this restorative procedure is an excellent alternative to extracting a tooth that:
- has extensive decay, multiple fillings or a fracture related to trauma
- causes pain or a feeling of pressure when chewing
- has a bubble at the gum line
- has an infection within the tooth pulp (and its associated nerve, blood supply, and connective tissue)
- is sensitive to hot and cold
- is discolored
Highly successful and causing only minimal discomfort, root canal therapy restores many teeth to good health and function.
Root Canal Therapy at Gordon Family Dental
Lehi, Utah dentist David Gordon, DMD, offers root canal therapy as one of his many restorative dental services. When diagnostic x-rays and symptoms reveal the need for a "root canal," Dr. Gordon takes the time to explain the procedure to his patient. He then injects the area with local anesthesia to alleviate any discomfort.
The next step involves removing old filling material and decay from the tooth. Then, the narrow canals which lead into the soft pulp of the tooth are cleaned and flushed.
Dr. Gordon uses tiny files which fit snugly into the 1 to 4 canals which require treatment. These files remove the diseased tissue. He places anti-microbial medication into the area, and the canal is sealed with a special rubbery material called gutta-percha. Finally, a temporary filling or permanent restoration such as a filling or crown covers the opening.
Caring for the Restored Tooth
Patients use ibuprofen or acetaminophen for pain after the local anesthetic wears off. The tooth and gums may be sensitive for a few days, but this resolves well. Softer foods and gentle chewing give comfort and ensure the tooth does not fracture while waiting for its permanent crown. With routine home hygiene and exams and cleanings at Gordon Dental, individuals can anticipate their restored teeth looking natural and functioning in a healthy way for years to come.
David Gordon DMD
Dr. Gordon believes that good eating habits and routine home hygiene, dental cleanings and exams make for healthy smiles. When problems do occur, he tries to preserve as much natural tooth structure as possible. Root canal therapy is a restorative procedure he performs with skill and gentle care.
If you are concerned about the health of a tooth, don't delay. Contact the staff at Gordon Family Dental PC for an appointment: (801) 766-6344.