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Root canal therapy is the removal of a tooth’s pulp from the inside of the tooth. The space is then cleaned and sealed. In many cases, root canal therapy can save a tooth from extraction.

When a tooth is infected, root canal therapy in Lexington, Kentucky, may be recommended. Damage to a tooth’s dental pulp can occur because of an injury or because of a cavity that went untreated and became severe.

If you come in for root canal treatment, a local anesthetic will first be used to numb the area. Then Dr. Dickson Ufomata will make an access hole in the tooth. The pulp and any debris will be carefully removed through the hole. The inside of the tooth will be thoroughly cleaned and dried. Then the area will be filled with gutta percha and the access hole will be closed with a dental filling. In many cases, a dental crown will be placed to protect and support the tooth.

After having root canal treatment, you may need to come back to Leestown Dental Center for a follow-up appointment in which the tooth is X-rayed to ensure that all of the infection was successfully removed. A tooth that has been treated with a root canal can usually stay healthy for years, or even a lifetime. However, the health of the tooth depends on how well you care for it. Be sure to uphold efficient dental hygiene at home and to make and keep regular dental appointments.

To learn more and to set up an appointment with our dentist, feel free to contact our office at 859-232-8883.