root canal therapy

root canal therapy

Severely Damaged Tooth? Root Canal Therapy May be the Answer

When a tooth has suffered significant damage—whether through decay, trauma, or even something such as a filling
falling out. An option frequently pursued to save the tooth is a root canal. A root canal will allow you to keep your natural tooth while at the same time protecting it from further damage.

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BEFORE

AFTER

Why Get A Root Canal?

A root canal is most frequently used when the living tissue inside of a tooth (called the pulp) is partially or completely affected by an infection resulting from trauma to or the decay of the outer portion of the tooth. When the pulp becomes infected, it can eventually die resulting in the complete loss of the tooth.

Should I Have My Tooth Extracted Instead?

While some people may think that simply having a tooth extracted may be an easier solution than a root canal this is not the case: when a tooth is pulled out it leads to other problems in the mouth, including the repositioning of adjacent teeth (resulting in gaps which are unsightly, difficult to keep clean, and can affect the alignment of the teeth when you bite down) and even the loss of bone mass in the area from which the tooth was removed. To avoid these problems, a root canal can be performed to enable you to keep all of your teeth and still address the underlying issue of the infection of the tooth in question.

Is A Root Canal Right For Me?

It is important to note that—although root canals do tend to be successful more often than not—they are not always successful in saving the tooth. A tooth, which has suffered extensive damage or decay may not be able to be saved by a root canal. Further, if you are not diligent in returning to our office for the follow-up appointment, you run the risk of losing the tooth even after having the root canal procedure done.

PROCEDURE FOR ROOT CANAL THERAPY

Assessment

Initial examination to determine source of pain

Treatment

Treatment to remove pulp and pain. Temporization.

Crown

Crown post root canal is often needed

What Does The Root Canal Process Involve?

When you get a root canal we will first thoroughly numb the tooth and the area surrounding it. We will then install a sheet of rubber around the tooth to keep it dry while we work on it.

Following the installation of the rubber dam, we will drill a small hole in the outer layer of the tooth. This will allow us to access the pulp inside the tooth so we can clean out the infection and any decay. After a thorough cleaning, we will apply a special medicinal, dental compound to the interior of the tooth and cover this with a temporary filling.

Following this you will be sent home with instructions for tooth care while your tooth heals. After your tooth has had sufficient time to heal, you will need to return to our office for a follow-up visit. We will inspect the tooth and ensure that the root canal was a success. Then we will install a crown over the top of the tooth to protect it from injury and reduce the chances of any more decay.

While the prospect of returning for a follow-up visit after having a root canal done, may not be something many people would consider, it is important not to neglect this second appointment. If you have a root canal done and you do not have a permanent crown placed over the top of the tooth, you run the risk of re-injuring the tooth and requiring further dental work.

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Dr. Woodyard has been my general dentist for more than 10 years and he’s always been so concerned and professional. He is up to date on all the newest innovative treatments. He has done several crowns for me and I was able to get it all done in one day since they were made with the latest technology in house by Dr. Woodyard. I would highly recommend him for all dental needs.

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Best dentist I've been to! Very professional operation in all respects. Love that Dr. Woodyard does the majority of usual procedures right in house -- including crowns and root canals. Getting a crown in one visit is truly amazing. Mary is a wonderful hygienist with a solid knowledge of her area of expertise. You won't be disappointed!


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HOURS

Monday: By Appointment Only

Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Thursday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Friday: 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Sat & Sun: Closed

Note: We are closed for lunch from 1 - 2 Tue, Wed, & Thurs

12:30 - 1:00 Friday

Address:

4915 Village Square Dr.

Paducah, ​​​​​​​KY 42001

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