Root canals have gotten a bad reputation, but the reality is that a root canal procedure performed by a skilled dentist at Kennerly Dental Group can actually help relieve tooth pain and can be the difference between saving a damaged tooth and needing to have it extracted. Most frequently root canals are needed for teeth that are severely decayed or have experienced a trauma.
The root canal process consists of removing the tooth’s nerve and blood vessels, which are the source of pain, and then sealing the root of the tooth. Although the nerve (also known as the tooth pulp) plays a vital role in tooth development, once your teeth are fully grown, the primary function of this tissue is sensory. In other words, removing the dying or damaged nerve and blood vessels does not impact functionality of your tooth, but it does help prevent or mitigate bacterial infections and should eliminate pain.
At Kennerly Dental Group we utilize high quality rotary files to clean and shape the inside of the nerve canals followed by the use of a state of the art sealing technique. Following the root canal procedure, our dentists then restore your damaged tooth with a “buildup” or filling coupled with a crown to support the tooth and prevent any future fracture or breaking. In almost all cases, we are able to save the patient’s original tooth and relieve them of any discomfort.
Although we always make every attempt to save teeth, in some instances the best option is a tooth extraction. If you are suffering from a serious cavity, chronic periodontal disease or have a significant dental fracture, having your tooth/teeth removed may be your best option to minimize the risk of infection. Prior to a tooth extraction, our dentist will likely provide you with several options to replace your missing tooth, including a dental implant, bridge or partial denture, depending on the specifics of your situation. The highly skilled professionals at Kennerly Dental Group will walk you through the pros and cons of each of these restorative dental treatments to help you feel confident you’re making the best choice for you and your budget.
If you’re suffering due to tooth pain, don’t wait any longer. The cost of a root canal or extraction with one of our highly regarded St. Louis area dentists may be less than you think. Contact us to schedule a consultation and you’ll be on your way to a happy and healthy smile in no time. We’re just a phone call away, (314) 842-5177.