Our teeth are composed of multiple layers. The outer layer, known as the enamel, has the job of protecting teeth from harmful, decay-causing bacteria. Underneath the enamel is a layer of sensitive dentin, which is followed by an inner layer that houses the tooth’s nerve. Most dental problems only affect the first and second layers. In some cases, though, it’s possible for a bacterial infection to develop in close proximity to the tooth’s nerve. When this happens, a root canal may be necessary to save your tooth.
A root canal is a straightforward procedure commonly used to help patients treat a severely decayed or infected tooth. During your procedure, Dr. Kovach accesses the interior of the tooth and removes all traces of infection or bacteria, in addition to removing your tooth’s nerve. Where your nerve used to be, Dr. Kovach places a biocompatible filling material known as Gutta-percha. Afterwards, the tooth is sealed and protected with a custom-made dental crown.
This is a common question from patients who have been told they need a root canal. The truth is, with today’s advances, root canal therapy doesn’t have to be uncomfortable. And with our commitment to creating great experiences for patients, we’ll do our very best to ensure that yours is as comfortable as possible. If you experience any soreness following your procedure, which isn’t uncommon, it can typically be treated with nothing more powerful than a basic over-the-counter pain reliever.
To learn more about root canal therapy or to schedule your procedure with Dr. Kovach, we invite you to give ARK Family Dentistry a call. We’re delighted to offer comprehensive dentistry to patients from Aledo and surrounding communities.