At Hernández Dental Care, our mission to help you create your perfect smile includes doing all we can to keep your natural teeth healthy and in your mouth. If you experience an infection that goes deeper than your dentin (the hard tissue beneath your enamel), endodontic care could make the difference between saving your tooth and the need for extraction and replacement. While we don’t know of anyone that likes the sound or idea of dental work, we’d like you to know we’ll go above and beyond to ensure your comfort while we remove infection and repair your smile.
Pulpotomies and pulpectomies are procedures typically performed on deciduous (baby) teeth. Also known as pulp therapy, these treatments are recommended when infection (typically as a result of tooth decay) reaches your inner tooth, where pulp resides. Your pulp chamber contains tissue, blood vessels, and nerves, and damage control is needed urgently if infection strikes here—you’ll know because it’s painful.
A pulpotomy can be performed if the infection is contained within the crown. Diseased pulp will be removed, then Dr. Hernández will sterilize the tooth’s chamber to calm the nerves and prevent the infection from spreading. A pulpectomy may be called for when diseased pulp requires removal from both the crown and roots of your tooth. Both processes may be completed with the placement of a crown to restore your tooth’s strength and function.
Root canals are pulp therapy for adult teeth. While they still have a mostly negative reputation, the truth is that removing the infection is significantly less painful than allowing it to spread, and they’re a very routine procedure in most dental practices. In fact, according to the American Association of Endodontists, more than 15 million root canals are performed annually.
While root canals can help prevent adult tooth loss, that’s not the only reason they’re an important form of endodontic care. Root canals can also prevent an abscess from forming, which can cause infection to spread. Your mouth is the gateway to the rest of your body, which means that oral infections have a direct route to your heart, brain, and other systems. Protect your health by getting the dental care you need.
If you have any questions about endodontics or you’re ready to schedule a consultation with your Louisville dentist, Dr. Hernández at Hernández Dental Care, give us a call today or request an appointment online. We look forward to helping you get back on the oral health track!