A tooth that becomes damaged or infected might cause patients to fear extraction of the tooth. Fortunately, there is another way to restore the tooth without extracting it. Drs. Robert Gemmell and Ty Jaros may explain a procedure to patients called endodontic therapy, or “root canal” treatment.
What is endodontic therapy and what does it do?
Endodontic therapy, sometimes just referred to as a root canal, is a surgical procedure performed to save an infected tooth from extraction. It essentially deadens the tooth with the removal of the dental pulp inside, which houses the blood supply and nerves that keep the tooth alive and provides the sensation of discomfort. By removing this, the tooth will no longer be alive, but will remain in place. Because the procedure can weaken the tooth, a dental crown is often fabricated and placed over the natural tooth as an extra layer of protection and strength.
Is endodontic therapy successful?
Root canal treatment is often incredibly successful, making it a great way to spare a tooth from removal and save patients money in regards to finding a replacement option. However, there are times when the procedure can fail, and in situations such as this, the tooth may need to be removed from the mouth and replaced with an implant, bridge, or denture.
What can I expect during the procedure?
We offer both sedation options and local anesthetics to numb the area and comfort patients during their procedure. This ensures a pain-free, relaxing treatment for our patients. Depending on the sedation method used for their appointment, a patient may be advised to arrange for transportation following their procedure. Patients can rest easy and reduce anxiety by knowing our team provides sedatives and anesthetics.
Who can provide root canal therapy?
If you are in need of endodontic therapy and live in the community of Eugene, OR, we welcome you to schedule an appointment with the team by calling (541) 689-1287 to request a consultation with Drs. Robert Gemmell or Ty Jaros. The office is located at 1775 River Road and provides general, cosmetic, and restorative care for patients in the area and surrounding cities.