Treat Infection and Improve Oral Health with Root Canal Therapy

By July 21, 2017Blog
Treat Infection and Improve
Oral Health with Root Canal Therapy

Treat Infection and Improve Oral Health with Root Canal Therapy - seattlesbestsmilesThere are many people who have reservations in regard to dental treatment, and there is probably no dental procedure that is more feared than root canal therapy. However, when performed by a skilled and experienced restorative dentist, such as Dr. Mark Caggiano, root canal therapy is a painless procedure that can rid the tooth of infection and greatly improve a patient’s oral health. Root canal therapy offers many benefits for our Seattle patients; it can improve the structure, function, and health of your smile.

What Is Root Canal Therapy?

While many patients dread hearing that they are in need of root canal therapy, many don’t actually know what root canal therapy involves. Root canal therapy is an extensive cleaning of the entire tooth, including its roots. Although root canal therapy is one of the more invasive restorative dental treatments, it is done with the patient under local anesthetic, so the entire treatment can be performed without discomfort. During root canal therapy, infected tooth material is removed from the center of the tooth, the length of the tooth’s roots are cleaned, and a dental compound is used to fill in and support the center of the tooth. Finally, a dental crown, or cap, is placed over the treated tooth to offer a final layer of protection and support.

Benefits Of Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy can prevent more extensive oral health problems, as well as the need for more costly and time consuming dental work. Patients who undergo root canal therapy to rid a tooth of infection will benefit from:

  • Improved overall oral health
  • Prevention of tooth loss or the need for tooth extraction
  • Relief from uncomfortable root canal infection symptoms such as swollen gums, oral pain, increased tooth sensitivity, and bad breath
  • Improved tooth strength and restoration of full oral functions
  • Preservation of the tooth’s natural roots
  • Protection against future root canal infections and preservation of healthy adjacent teeth

In addition to these benefits, root canal therapy is an affordable dental treatment option, especially when compared to the cost of extracting a damaged tooth and then replacing it with a dental restoration such as a bridge. By undergoing root canal therapy, patients can extend the health and life of the tooth and avoid even more invasive restorative dental treatments.

Alternate Treatment Options

There really are no alternate treatment options to root canal therapy other than to ignore the problem, or to go ahead and have the tooth removed. Neither of these are a great option. Ignoring the problem will further threaten the health of the infected tooth as well as those around it. Removing the tooth will address the infection, but it is best to avoid extraction, if possible.

Contact Us

Root canal therapy is a beneficial restorative treatment that can significantly, and painlessly improve a patient’s oral health. If you would like to learn more about root canal therapy and its oral health benefits, contact us at your earliest convenience. Dr. Mark Caggiano would be happy to answer any questions that you may have. We look forward to hearing from you!

For over 25 years, Dr. Mark Caggiano, DDS has provided cosmetic and restorative dentistry in a comfortable, professional environment. Dr. Caggiano received a degree in Biology and his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from The University of Southern California. He has had extensive post-graduate training and is a member of numerous professional organizations including The American Dental Association and The International Dental Implant Association. Dr. Caggiano makes dental treatment relaxed and comfortable for patients while enhancing their oral health and beautifying their smiles.

For over 25 years, Dr. Mark Caggiano, DDS has provided cosmetic and restorative dentistry in a comfortable, professional environment. Dr. Caggiano received a degree in Biology and his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from The University of Southern California. He has had extensive post-graduate training and is a member of numerous professional organizations including The American Dental Association and The International Dental Implant Association. Dr. Caggiano makes dental treatment relaxed and comfortable for patients while enhancing their oral health and beautifying their smiles.