Root Canal Therapy in Ruston

what is

Root Canal Therapy, often simply referred to as a 'root canal', is a dental procedure designed to treat problems within the tooth's soft core, also known as the dental pulp. This therapy is often necessary when the pulp, which contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue, becomes inflamed or infected. The inflammation or infection can have a variety of causes, including deep decay, repeated dental procedures, a chip or crack in the tooth, or an injury to the tooth. Root Canal Therapy is a crucial procedure to save a tooth that is severely infected or decayed, and it's performed right here in Ruston by Dr. Patrick Stuckey, DDS.

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The Root Canal Therapy

Treatment Process

The process of Root Canal Therapy involves removing the infected or inflamed pulp from the tooth, cleaning and disinfecting the inside of the tooth, then filling and sealing it.

  • Diagnosis and X-Ray
    The first step in Root Canal Therapy is the diagnosis of the problem. Dr. Stuckey will examine the affected tooth and take an X-ray to get a clear image of the root canals and check the surrounding bone for any signs of infection. This step is crucial because it helps determine the extent of the infection and the best way to approach treatment.
  • Anesthesia and Pulp Removal
    Once the problem has been diagnosed, the next step is to numb the area around the tooth to ensure the patient's comfort throughout the procedure. Dr. Stuckey will then create an opening in the crown of the tooth to access the pulp chamber. Special dental instruments are used to remove the pulp from the tooth, clean the root canal and pulp chamber, and shape the space for filling.
  • Filling and Sealing
    After the pulp has been removed and the tooth has been cleaned, the next step is to fill the root canal. A biocompatible material, usually a rubber-like material called gutta-percha, is used. The gutta-percha is placed with an adhesive cement to ensure complete sealing of the root canals. In many cases, a temporary filling is placed to close the opening until a permanent filling or crown is placed.
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Types of

Root Canal Therapy

There are two main types of Root Canal Therapy offered in Ruston by Dr. Stuckey: Anterior and Molar Root Canal Therapy.

  • Anterior Root Canal Therapy
    Anterior Root Canal Therapy is a procedure performed on the front teeth, also known as the incisors and canines. These teeth typically have a single root canal, which makes the procedure relatively straightforward. Dr. Stuckey's expertise in performing Anterior Root Canal Therapy ensures that patients receive the best possible care and results.
  • Molar Root Canal Therapy
    Molar Root Canal Therapy is a procedure performed on the back teeth, known as the premolars and molars. These teeth can have two or three root canals, making the procedure more complex. However, with Dr. Stuckey's experience and skill, even these more challenging procedures can be performed with minimal discomfort and maximum effectiveness.
  • Root Canal Retreatment
    Root Canal Retreatment is another option for patients who have had a root canal treatment but are still experiencing symptoms. In this procedure, the filling material is removed, the tooth is cleaned and examined, and then refilled and sealed. This treatment option is less common but can be necessary if the initial treatment did not fully resolve the problem or if reinfection occurs. Dr. Stuckey's commitment to patient care ensures that all treatment options are explored to provide the best possible outcome.

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