Dr Dentremont Explains Root Canals
It can be unnerving (pun intended) to learn that you need a root canal, especially if you don’t know much about what this dental treatment entails. Dentremont Dental Services in Gulf Shores, AL, believes getting more information about the process will help you feel at ease. Dr. Dentremont and his team go out of their way to educate their patients about the procedure and why it’s important to get done.
Root canal therapy is required when injuries or cavities damage your teeth’s roots, resulting in infection and inflammation. Dentists are taught an exacting technique involving instrumentation a fraction of a MILLIMETER in diameter to successfully access the inner tooth pulp and clear out the infection. While the procedure may seem daunting, it helps cure your symptoms and offers you needed and quick relief from the soreness you had to endure. To help create further awareness, Dr. Dentremont and team briefly explains the steps involved in this technique.
1. A Root Canal is the foundation of rebuilding your tooth
A tooth which is in “trouble” often requires a complete reconstruction if it’s going to be saved and be made whole again so you can use it successfully to chew on in the future.
When you think of rebuilding the tooth, consider how you build your home. You first start with the foundation, then put up the walls, and then finally put on the roof to protect it.
Well the root canal is the foundation of this reconstruction. Without it the tooth can’t be saved. With a successful root canal, you can get many more years of service with your teeth.
And the “wall”? That’s the “build-up” we do after the root canal to successfully restore the missing or damaged part of your tooth.
And the “Roof”? That’s the Crown (or cap, or casting) we put over the whole thing to protect it from future damage.
Without the walls and the roof, the root canal cannot alone keep your tooth for very long.
Dr. Dentremont has had over 36 years of experience and has averaged about 2 root canals a day. Do the math: 2 procedures a day x 5days/week x 52 weeks/year x 36 years = almost 19,000 root canals! He’s seen just about every situation in root canal therapy and very few root canals are sent to the root canal specialist so we keep you here at the office instead of sending you all over Baldwin County!
2. Root Canals are much easier on patients than they used to be.
Science since the 1970’s has changed dramatically. We didn't have personal computers, the internet, cell phones, and Google. Likewise, dentists didn't have all the tools and gadgets then as they do now - especially in root canal therapy. We have better techniques and instruments to make your root canal visit so much better than 20 years ago!
After getting your tooth totally numbed up with the latest form of “Novocain”, we will first drill through the layers of the tooth and then use special instruments to reach into the soft tissue inside the affected tooth. We use a special method called rotary endodontics to clean out the damaged part before preparing the canals for filling.
3. Filling and finishing the Root Canal and the next steps.
The hollowed out portion of the root which has been cleaned out is technically the root canal. To prevent a future infection we will disinfect it and then seal it (much like corking a bottle) with a biologically compatible sealer and protect the seal to complete the root canal.
To prevent any further infection, Dr. Dentremont will subsequently fill in the broken part of your tooth. We use a build-up material and commonly a fiberglass core (much like “re-bar" in concrete) to give it structural support and integrity.They will then place a permanent crown or filling on top to ensure the tooth is perfectly sealed and protected for years to come!
In previous years we did these on separate procedural days but we now do this all in one session to lessen your trips to the dentist!! Dr. Dentremont will do the root canal, place the post buildup, prepare the tooth for the crown, and make a temporary tooth to leave with all at the same session! You only need to come back one more time to deliver your new crown!
The staff at Dentremont Dental Services ensure the most comfortable and efficient root canal services for their patients. Set up an appointment with Dentremont Dental by calling up their helpful team at (251) 943-0004. You can also email them at firstname.lastname@example.org, visit their website to learn about the variety of dental solutions Dr. Frank Dentremont offers, and “like” the clinic’s Facebook page for regular updates.