Many people cringe at the thought of a root canal, but in truth it is a very positive thing for your dental health. The purpose of root canal therapy is to stop a tooth infection in its tracks and allow you to save your tooth instead of having it extracted. Dr. Adel Mansour is a skilled dentist who offers this effective treatment to his Hunters Creek patients. Learn how this procedure can help you ease dental pain while making your teeth stronger and healthier.
The Danger of Tooth Infections
A tooth infection happens when bad bacteria grows and overwhelms good tissue (pulp) in a tooth. The inner tissue becomes inflamed and the nerves are damaged, which is what causes tooth pain. As the diseased tissue spreads, it eventually corrodes the root of the tooth. If it goes untreated, not only will a tooth infection lead to tooth loss, it could also spread to other teeth and the gums.
What is Root Canal Therapy?
Root canal therapy is a treatment offered by Dr. Mansour at his Hunters Creek dentist office. During the procedure, the doctor removes the bad, diseased tissue from the tooth, disinfects the tooth to fight off the infection, and fills the tooth so that it will no longer be vulnerable to bad bacteria. The tooth then needs time to heal and be restored. According to the American Association of Endodontists, root canals are very effective.
Prevention of Future Infections (Aftercare)
After a root canal, it’s up to you to prevent future infections from developing. You must remember to brush your teeth at least twice per day, floss and limit your exposure to acidic foods (like sugar) that can wear at the enamel of your teeth. It’s also important to keep up with regular dental appointments (preferably every three months) for thorough in-office cleanings.
Consult Dr. Mansour
The best way to know if root canal therapy is right for you is to have Dr. Mansour examine your teeth in person. Call his Hunters Creek office at (407) 483-9990 today to schedule a time to come in.