Root Canal Therapy
If you’re experiencing tooth pain, it may be a sign you need root canal therapy. Oftentimes, the pain needs to be addressed to repair and save the tooth that is badly decayed or infected. If you are in the Kerrville area and need root canal therapy, you are in excellent hands with Dr. Matthew Huff.
Each one of your teeth is hydrated and kept healthy by the pulp, located in the center chamber of the tooth. If a tooth has decay that’s gone untreated and penetrated down to the pulp, it becomes infected and seriously painful to food temperatures and anything too sweet or acidic. This infection compromises your oral health in the long run and causes extreme pain. Dr. Huff can remove the infected pulp and comfortably restore your well-being and oral health.
What Can I Expect?
If Dr. Huff determines you need a root canal, don’t worry. Root canal therapy can be comfortable with our many sedation options. He will remove the infected pulp and replace it with a rubbery substance. Then, depending on how much natural tooth remains, he will either place a filling or a crown to restore the tooth.
If an infection goes untreated, you may need to have a tooth extraction. Other reasons you may require a tooth extraction include:
- If a tooth has been too badly damaged due to decay
- If you have experienced trauma to a tooth
- If you have advanced gum disease (periodontitis)
- If you need orthodontic work and more space is needed between teeth
- If you have wisdom teeth (third molars)
How Will It Affect Me?
If you require a tooth extraction, Dr. Huff will make you as comfortable as possible. If you are anxious or nervous there are many options for sedation to ease any anxiety. Dr. Huff will first numb the area and then extract the tooth or teeth. During treatment the area will be numb so you should feel little to no pain. Immediately after surgery, it is important to keep the area clean, refrain from smoking, and avoid drinking through straws. Dr. Huff will give you full instructions for post-operative care of the extraction site.
Dr. Huff and His Team Will Take Excellent Care of You
You are in expert hands with Dr. Huff and his team. If you need root canal therapy, let us be the dental professionals to ease your pain. If you do need a tooth extracted, we have options to restore your smile. We can discuss the option of a dental implant or dental bridge to fill the gap. We look forward to renewing your health and your beautiful smile!
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