Root Canal Therapy in Marrero, LA
Root canals are performed to treat a dental pulp infection. The dental pulp is a small bundle of soft tissues, blood vessels, and nerves in the center of each tooth. Trauma, disease, or infection can cause decay or death of this tissue, and to prevent any infection from spreading, Dr. C.J. Landry will remove bacteria and decay, sanitize the area, and seal off the tooth with a filling material. While root canals can seem frightening, they are often necessary to save a damaged tooth from extraction. We also make sure to anesthetize the area so the root canal procedure is completely painless. Sedation is also available if you feel nervous. We want to make sure you’re completely at ease and know that root canals aren’t nearly as scary as you may have heard!
Do You Need a Root Canal?
A tooth with infected dental pulp may show no symptoms, but your root canal specialist can detect infection with x-rays. Usually, however, a dental pulp infection is often accompanied by severe pain that goes away and returns, occurs when chewing, as well as chronic bad breath, tooth discoloration, and persistent tooth sensitivity. Sometimes, a dental abscess (pus-filled bubble) forms near the area.
An infected pulp must be treated right away to avoid complications and damage to the surrounding teeth. If the tooth is salvageable, Dr. Landry will recommend a root canal. Otherwise, a tooth extraction and replacement will be necessary.
The Root Canal Procedure
Root canals are one of the most commonly performed procedures in dental offices today. After confirming the infection with x-rays and tests, Dr. Landry will isolate the tooth with a dam and clean the area. Next, he will make a hole in the tooth to remove any decay and the infected pulp. The inside of the tooth is then cleaned, sanitized, and filled with a rubbery material to prevent re-infection. Dr. Landry will then take tooth impressions to help design the permanent crown that will rebuild the tooth. On your next visit, the crown is placed and adjusted.
If you believe you are in need of a root canal in Marrero, LA, call our office today at 504-264-6461 or schedule an appointment using our online form.