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Holistic dentist describes why you may need root canal therapy in Mesa and how easy the process can be

04/22/16

Lady and DentistA member of the International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology, Dr. Fritz built New Health Dental around the idea that a healthy mouth is essential to the health of the rest of the body. 

A Google search for oral health and overall health results in more than 21 million hits. There is no lack of research on the link between dental disease and conditions like heart disease and diabetes. Holistic dentists also understand the importance of selecting materials and techniques that minimize trauma and do no harm to surrounding tissues.

Introducing: Root canal therapy

Commonly performed in general dentistry, root canal treatment may be the only way to save a tooth. While you can now replace teeth with dental implants designed like natural teeth, there is no substitute for the real thing. Dr. Fritz and his team will retain as much natural tooth structure as possible.

The root canal process to restore healthy function and appearance starts with the dentist administering a local anesthetic for patient comfort. Many patients are surprised to discover modern root canal treatment is as comfortable as a simple filling, which means you should experience little to no sensitivity. Yet the team understands some patients may be apprehensive. If you are one of those patients, Dr. Fritz may suggest safe oral sedation. The procedure will fly by in no time with calming medication.

What to expect during the procedure

 Root canal treatment is necessary if the inner areas of the tooth are affected by damage or extensive decay. The treatment gets its name from how the damage or decay affects the root canal running through the tooth’s center. Damage and decay can infect the soft, sensitive pulp in the root canal. This tissue protects the nerve and nourishes the tooth. An infection can produce:

  • Sharp discomfort when biting down on foods
  • Sensitivity that lingers for at least 30 seconds after eating or drinking hot or cold foods and beverages
  • Ongoing severe pressure

As the infection progresses without treatment, you can develop a pus-filled pocket or abscess. Your gums and face may be swollen. Abscesses can spread to other parts of the body, so the New Health Dental team will make every effort to avoid this scenario by preventing severe damage and proactively treating it if it does occur. The longer the damaged tooth goes untreated, the worse the infection can become and the greater the odds it can’t be saved with root canal treatment.

After Dr. Fritz accesses the inner tooth chamber, he will remove the infected tissue. The tooth is then cleaned and the root canal is sealed to prevent reinfection. A crown may be placed over the treated tooth for added strength and protection.

As a holistic dentist, Dr. Fritz will never suggest an extensive procedure when a conservative approach will restore oral health. For instance, severe decay that can’t be treated with fillings may be treated with an inlay or onlay instead of a crown.

Call 877-943-3703 to schedule a consultation and discover New Health Dental’s comfortable approach to root canal treatment and other procedures to keep your mouth and body at its healthiest in Mesa.

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