Root Canal Treatment
When a tooth’s pulp or nerve becomes damaged, our dentists may recommend a root canal treatment. Although these treatments are commonly considered to be painful, our team at Bellefontaine Family Dental is dedicated to making sure that you are comfortable and relaxed during your treatment. For more information about root canals in St. Louis, Missouri, or to schedule your appointment with our caring dentists, please contact our office at 314-741-5133.
What Is the Purpose of a Root Canal?
Commonly called a root canal, root canal treatment is a type of endodontic therapy that is often recommended if the tooth pulp and nerves become infected or damaged. This may occur if injury or decay reaches deep into the tooth, past the outer enamel layer. When left untreated, this type of infection and disease may cause the tooth to die and necessitate tooth extraction.
What Happens During a Root Canal?
To restore the health of the tooth and avoid the need for extraction, our skilled dentist will remove the infected and injured tissues from within the tooth, clean the tooth, and fill it with a medicated material. We will then cap the tooth with a restoration, such as a dental crown, to return the tooth to its original shape and structure. In most cases, a root canal can be completed in only one or two comfortable visits to our office.
Root canal treatment has a reputation for being a painful treatment. In reality, however, root canal treatment can often be completed with minimal discomfort thanks to advanced techniques, tools, and anesthesia. Our dentist, along with our entire dental team, works hard to provide you with a pleasant, comfortable experience each time you visit our office.