Damage to the nerve tissue inside of a tooth sometimes requires a root canal procedure. Despite the tales you may have heard regarding the procedure, most root canals are minimally uncomfortable ― especially compared to the pain and discomfort you may be feeling before the procedure. Dr. LoVerdi takes advantage of advances in technology and dental techniques that make root canal procedures more effective, while also taking less time.
A root canal involves removing the soft tissue within the tooth (the pulp) when it has become infected and inflamed. Dr. LoVerdi gently files the infected tissue out of the root canals of the tooth (where the procedure gets its name) and fills the void with an inert material. The procedure is completed with the placement of a filling or, in some cases, with a crown.
Q: I don’t like drills; are there any other options?
A: Fortunately for patients like you, there is a relatively new filling preparation technique known as air abrasion, which removes decay and which prepares teeth for fillings. Dr. LoVerdi simply cleans out and prepares the site to be filled by sending a blast of tiny, high-speed aluminum oxide particles into the cavity itself. The particles hit the tooth under high pressure, bounce off at high speeds, and consequently blast away any decay. Air abrasion is quiet, quick, and relatively painless and avoids sacrificing tooth structure.
A filling can restore a small defect in a tooth, but a crown is the most durable way to restore any tooth with extensive damage
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