Restorative Dentistry: Root Canal Therapy – Kailua-Kona
Tooth decay can erode tooth structure and weaken a tooth. There are various dental restorations that can remedy tooth decay, but if the decay penetrates into the interior structure of a tooth, it can lead to severe pain. In these cases, root canal treatment at our Kailua-Kona practice is the solution. Dr. Carter Yokoyama can meet your endodontic needs, reducing pain and discomfort in the tooth and ensuring lasting dental health after the treatment is done.
About Root Canal Therapy
The root canal of a tooth refers to the hollow channels within the chamber of a tooth that contain the dental pulp and nerve tissue. Root canal therapy is performed to remove this tissue when a cavity affects the tissues within the pulp chamber.
Why Root Canals are Necessary
When the pulp within a tooth is affected by tooth decay, it can result in severe pain and sensitivity. Left untreated, the infection can spread to other structures of your mouth leading to even worse pain and dental problems. By performing a root canal, the infection is addressed quickly and the tooth structure remains generally intact.
Good Candidates for Root Canal
Good candidates for root canal therapy at our Kailua-Kona practice are people who experience severe tooth pain or tooth sensitivity. During a dental visit, Dr. Yokoyama will use the latest diagnostic techniques to identify if the dental pulp has been affected by decay.
The Root Canal Procedure
A root canal treatment at our Kailua-Kona practice is generally straightforward. The patient is usually administered anesthetic at first to minimize discomfort. The tooth and the structures surrounding the tooth are then cleaned. Next, the pulp chamber must be accessed, which will involve drilling.
Once the pulp chamber has been accessed, the soft tissue and dental pulp will be removed. It’s important that the chamber is cleaned of all pulp to ensure no infected material remains. The empty and cleaned pulp chamber is then filled with a safe inert material. The tooth is sealed with a dental filling or a dental crown.
Learn More About Root Canal Therapy in Kailua-Kona
A root canal is a necessary procedure to alleviate pain and to save a tooth. Despite its reputation, it is actually generally pain-free thanks to advanced techniques and dental technology. To learn more about endodontics and root canal therapy, contact our Kailua-Kona practice for restorative dentistry today. We look forward to your visit and our discussion about your dental health.