Dr. John Krueger performs root canal therapy at his Clearwater dental office to help preserve teeth that have been compromised by decay or trauma. During root canal treatment, Dr. Krueger carefully removes infected pulp from the inner chamber of the tooth. By removing the infected tissue, Dr. Krueger can preserve the healthy outer tooth structure. He performs this treatment as gently and efficiently as possible to minimize patient discomfort. Contact us today to learn more about this treatment, which can often be completed in a single visit.
When is Root Canal Therapy Necessary?
The preservation of natural teeth is one of the top priorities in restorative dentistry. When decay spreads from the outer layers of a tooth into the pulp tissue contained within, a traditional filling alone will not repair the problem. Rather than extract these teeth, Dr. Krueger can in many cases simply remove the infected pulp from within the tooth and its roots, along with any decayed portions of the outer tooth surface.
The pulp contains nerves, as well as blood vessels that provide nutrients and oxygen-rich blood to the tooth. Without the pulp, the outer structure of the tooth can remain functional, or provide an anchor for a dental crown. Root canal therapy is a conservative alternative to tooth extraction. Dr. Krueger can determine whether your tooth can be salvaged through root canal therapy. If you are experiencing acute toothaches or other dental discomfort, you may be in need of a root canal or other treatment. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.
The Root Canal Procedure
A root canal begins with an anesthetic to ensure your comfort during the procedure. Dr. Krueger drills a small opening in the side of the tooth, through which he will extract infected pulp. Once this pulp has been extracted, Dr. Krueger will clean and disinfect the inside of the tooth.
The remaining space is filled with a rubber-like substance (gutta percha), and the outer structure of the tooth is sealed shut with a filling. In most cases, teeth that have received root canal therapy will also be restored with a dental crown. If the tooth will not be covered with a crown, Dr. Krueger can bleach it from within using a "walking" whitening agent that crawls the inner surface of the root canal. The whitening agent is left in for several days before it is removed.
Before a crown can be placed on a tooth that has received root canal therapy, Dr. Krueger will reshape the tooth to accommodate the restoration. Dr. Krueger provides a wide variety of dental crown options, including e.max®, zirconia, and porcelain fused to metal. Patients wear temporary crowns while their custom crowns are fabricated in our dental laboratory to Dr. Krueger's detailed specifications.