Root Canal Treatment
Dr. Fernandes treats patients with problems affecting the tooth root, or endodontic problems. Endodontics is the study of diseases that affect the tooth root and compromise the health of the tooth.
When the tooth root becomes infected, the death of the tooth may soon follow, and it is time to consider root canal treatment.
Although modern technology has allowed dentists to recreate and replace missing teeth, most people would prefer to hold onto their natural teeth and use dental implants as a last resort.
What is a Root Canal?
Root canal treatment – most common endodontic solution
- Tooth root is removed and replaced with safe filler material
- Recommended alternative to fillings, onlays & inlays, or crowns when bacteria has caused death of tooth root, or physical damage has compromised function of tooth root
Purpose of root canal treatment – save natural enamel, avoid extraction, and save tooth pulp from infection
- Enamel – the exterior of the tooth, outer surface
- Dentin – hard layer below the enamel
- Pulp – soft tissue underneath the dentin, extending from tooth crown to root, that nourishes the tooth, contains blood vessels, nerve and connective tissue
What if a root canal treatment isn’t the preferred option?
If a root canal is not the desired choice, a tooth can be extracted and replaced with a dental implant restoration. An implant is a recreation of your natural tooth that is anchored in place by titanium screws attached to the jawbone. The implant is custom crafted to match your tooth shade and fit your unique bite. Patients with missing teeth should consider a dental implant to avoid the shifting of teeth, to maintain a healthy bite, and to improve the look of their smile.