Root Canals

Root Canal (Endodontic) Treatment

Saving a tooth is easier these days than it has ever been, especially in cases when the tooth’s trouble lies within its structure. Internal tooth decay, for instance, affects the nerves and blood vessels inside of the tooth’s pulp—the chamber at the center of its main structure, dentin. Before root canal therapy, treating internal infection was impossible, and it often meant that the tooth had to be extracted. Now, however, we can restore teeth that are internally infected with advanced root canal treatment, also known as endodontic treatment. If your tooth experiences decay that is too severe for a filling to address, then Dr. Burds can perform conservative root canal treatment to remove the decay and save the tooth.

When Root Canal Treatment is Necessary

Root canal treatment involves carefully accessing and cleaning your tooth’s pulp and the root canal that connects it to your jawbone. Though the procedure is more complex than a filling, it can typically be performed in just a single visit. Best of all, the procedure alleviates the intense discomfort caused by infected tooth nerves and allows Dr. Burds to restore your tooth’s strength and integrity. In most cases, root canal treatment is necessary because a cavity has been ignored long enough for the decay to advance. In other cases, however, it can be caused by the pulp being exposed by a crack or fracture in the tooth’s dentin. In either case, Dr. Burds will likely suggest completing your procedure by placing a custom dental crown over the treated tooth.

Find Out if You Need Root Canal Treatment

If your tooth is in the grips of severe, internal decay, or if its pulp has been exposed by a fracture, then find out if it needs root canal treatment to save it. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Dr. Burds and Gateway Dental Group in downtown Des Moines, IA, today at (515) 244-9565. We also proudly serve patients from West Des Moines, Ankeny, Urbandale, Johnston, and all surrounding communities.