Comfortable & Effective Root Canal Therapy
An infected tooth can cause an enormous amount of discomfort, and if left untreated, the infection can spread and undermine your oral health. Fortunately, root canal therapy at our Metairie, LA, office is a virtually painless procedure designed to eliminate tooth decay and restore your oral health. With nearly 30 years of experience, Dr. Strain and the team at Gregory S. Strain, DDS Family Dentistry can ensure that you receive the best care possible and are comfortable during your root canal treatment. It is important to note that modern root canal treatment is not the hideously uncomfortable experience of decades past. In fact, root canal treatment is generally no more uncomfortable than receiving a standard dental filling. It is also important to remember that it is not root canal treatment that is painful but rather the infected tooth itself that causes pain. Regardless, for patients who may be anxious about the procedure, we offer additional sedation options to ensure your total comfort during root canal treatment.
When is Root Canal Treatment Necessary?
Root canal treatment—or endodontic therapy—is necessary when the soft tissues within your tooth, or the pulp, become inflamed or infected. If left untreated, this infection can cause significant pain as well as endanger the structure of your tooth. An infected tooth can worsen and become abscessed or require extraction. During a consultation, your dentist can determine the extent of the damage and determine whether root canal treatment is necessary.
The Root Canal Process
Your root canal therapy will begin with the dentist carefully numbing your tooth and the surrounding gum tissue. Next, an opening in the tooth surface will be made with a drill that allows access to the pulp chamber located beyond the tooth’s enamel. This inner chamber houses the nerves and blood vessels that support the tooth.
Your dentist will then remove the infected pulp throughout the tooth and the area will be sterilized. The emptied inner chamber will be filled with a rubber-like substance called gutta percha, and the opening will be sealed shut. The healthy portions of your salvaged tooth can then be reshaped to accommodate a dental crown.
Root canal treatment—or endontic therapy—is necessary when the soft tissues within your tooth, or the pulp, become inflamed or infected. If left untreated, this infection can cause significant pain as well as endanger the structure of your tooth.
Customized Dental Crowns
In addition to virtually painless root canal therapy, Gregory S. Strain, DDS Family Dentistry offers restorations of unrivaled craftsmanship. Dental crowns can be made using an advanced, on-site scanning and milling technology called CAD/CAM. This system creates a digital image of your tooth that guides a special milling unit that creates the customized crown in a matter of hours. As a result, in a single visit, our patients can undergo a root canal and leave our office with a dental crown that completely restores their smile. Same-day crowns are not the best solution for every patient, which is why we also offer traditional crowns made at a dental laboratory. These crowns are also fabricated to blend seamlessly with your smile.
Alleviate Painful Symptoms and Restore Your Oral Health
When you receive a root canal at our practice, you can expect a comfortable experience that halts the spread of infection and rejuvenates your smile. If you suspect you require root canal therapy, contact our office online today to schedule your consultation. You can also call us at (504) 838-8118 to speak to a member of our staff.