Root canal therapy is used to save a tooth whose pulp (nerve) inside has become infected or severely damaged. Paul Weintraub, DMD uses minimally invasive techniques in order to preserve as much of the natural tooth structure as possible to maximize the longevity of the treatment.
Root Canals - Tyler, TX
Root canal therapy is a fairly common dental procedure in Tyler, TX because it allows patients to maintain the same sensation as having a natural tooth after restoration. Preserving your original teeth offers both cosmetic and functional benefits. It helps to save a tooth that would otherwise need to be extracted, leaving a gap that may allow other teeth to shift out of position and affect your bite and smile.
Root canal therapy is also cost effective since it eliminates the additional cost of subsequent dental work to replace a missing tooth with dental bridgework, dentures, or implants. Keeping the tooth root of the original tooth is similar to getting a dental implant to provide stimulation of the jawbone, which prevents the loss of bone tissue and premature aging, but at no extra cost, surgical procedure, or multiple appointments.
Restore your Tooth in Only One Visit
If you’re a suitable candidate for root canal therapy in Tyler, TX, Dr. Weintraub will schedule your emergency appointment to complete the treatment in a single session. The procedure involves:
- Numbing your teeth gums to prevent you from feeling any pain during the procedure.
- Drilling a hole into the tooth in order to access the infected pulp or damaged nerve tissue
- Removal of the infected pulp using state-of-the-art dental equipment
- Flushing out any debris left in the canal is flushed-out using a special solution
- Inserting topical antibiotics in the canal to get rid of any remaining infection
- Sealing the canal with a rubber compound (gutta-percha)
After filling the tooth, it’s structure is still significantly weakened. So Dr. Weintraub will place a crown over the tooth to both strengthen and protect it. The crown is fabricated from tooth-colored material to ensure your smile looks natural.
Am I a candidate for root canal therapy?
Most cases of cavities or infections that cause the nerve tissues in the tooth to be exposed can be treated with root canal therapy, as the only alternative to tooth extraction and subsequent tooth replacement. If you have any concerns about your case or would like to learn more about endodontic treatment, please contact our office in Tyler, TX to schedule an initial exam and consultation with Dr. Weintraub.