Root Canal (Endodontics)
Root Canal in Bismarck & Garrison, ND
While the idea of a root canal, or endodontic therapy, may not seem like a very pleasant one, the truth is that it serves a valuable purpose beyond just removing tooth pain. It can preserve your tooth and protect the surrounding teeth and gum tissue, helping you retain not only an attractive smile, but good overall dental health. At Deeter Dental, our experienced dentists perform root canal therapy in our Bismarck and Garrison dental offices.
When Is Root Canal Necessary?
Endodontics is the study and care of the inside of your teeth. Teeth are not solid bones; they are hollow and filled with tooth pulp, a softer tissue than bone which supports your teeth until they are fully grown, connecting with your nerve to deliver sensation. While tooth pulp does not support your teeth once they are fully grown, bacteria coming into contact with it can deteriorate the tooth pulp. If the bacteria work its way down through the tooth to your nerve, the result is a very painful infection.
If your tooth develops an infection, it can be very painful and negatively affect your eating habits. If your infection is allowed to progress, it can destroy the nerve ending at the root of your tooth and create a deposit of bacteria and puss called an abscess. If an abscess is not treated, it can cause illness.
How is a Root Canal Performed?
Today, endodontic therapy makes most tooth infections very treatable. During a root canal, the pulp inside your tooth is removed, and the pocket where the bacteria gathered is cleaned with an endofile. Then, the tooth is filled and covered with a tooth crown.
Many patients are uncomfortable with having a root canal because they are not aware of the danger of leaving a tooth infection uncared for. Deeter Dental offers sedation dentistry for patients who experience high levels of anxiety about undergoing endodontic therapy in order to help make your procedure as comfortable as possible.
Can Infection Return After Root Canal?
A root canal removes the possibility for a second infection and protects the base of your tooth from further destruction by bacteria. However, you should still care for your tooth and gums to prevent decay to the root. Regular teeth cleanings will help you keep bacteria and plaque from creeping below the gum line and causing damage to the roots of your teeth.
What Our Patients Say
“I had the pleasure of working with Terry and his assistant. They were incredibly kind and understanding and gentle. They eased me through the process and made it easy and painless. I saw a gigantic needle but didn’t feel any pricks and didn’t feel any discomfort aside from my own anxiety that slowly faded away once he started working. He let me know what he was doing during the process and kept my mind busy with small talk. I’m super glad I chose to go with Deeter Dental and I look forward to seeing them again! It was a really great experience and eliminated my fear of dentists. Thanks guys!” – Alayna M.
3-D Imaging for Accurate Root Canals at Deeter Dental
Using the state-of-the-art Kodak 9300 Cone Beam CT Scanner, Deeter Dental can perform more predictable root canal operations. The ability to see the whole tooth with 3-D imaging helps identify the canals prior to the therapy. Missed canals are one of the most common causes of root canal therapy failure. With our 3-D technology, we can minimize the missed canals and reduce the chances of failure.
Deeter Dental is one of the few area clinics currently utilizing this advanced technology. We are proud to provide you with comfort in knowing that the chance of future problems is significantly reduced when compared to standard root canal procedures.
Schedule a Consultation
If you think you may need root canal therapy, please contact our Bismarck general dentists today to schedule your appointment! Deeter Dental welcomes patients from Bismarck, Garrison, and surrounding areas of North Dakota. Call our Bismarck office at 701.222.1800 or our Garrison office at 701.463.2884.