If you are experiencing discomfort in your teeth or gums, we can help you stop the pain. At Chagrin Highlands Dental Group, we offer a number of treatments that can address the cause of your discomfort, improve the health of your teeth and gums, and allow you to speak, eat, and drink normally. Dr. Douglas Desatnik also uses state-of-the-art dental technology and offers sedation dentistry techniques to make your experience as comfortable as possible.
Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy is designed to prevent tooth loss, as well as greater harm to your overall health should an infection from a damaged tooth spread throughout the body. When infection sets in among the inner canals of the tooth, this treatment can restore the health and function of the tooth, relieve discomfort caused by the infection, and prevent further decay. Any infected tissue within the canal of the tooth root will first be removed. The nerve chamber will be sealed with a strong filling material, and a custom-designed dental crown will then be placed to enhance the strength and support of the tooth as well as its appearance.
Though the idea of root canal therapy causes many people anxiety, we offer sedation dentistry options at our office that can make you feel more at ease during the procedure. These sedation techniques allow root canal therapy to be performed more efficiently, often decrease the duration of the procedure, and reduce the pain caused by the infection. After root canal therapy, you can regain the ability to drink, chew, and speak comfortably while simultaneously preserving your natural teeth.
Extraction and Bone Grafting
On occasion, a tooth has been so damaged from extensive decay that root canal therapy will not save it. Leaving the decayed tooth in your mouth can increase the risk of more serious health condition. In these cases, Dr. Desatnik can perform a tooth extraction to protect the health of the gums and adjacent teeth. Tooth extraction is the last line of defense for maintaining a healthy mouth and is only recommended when absolutely necessary.
Dental implants can be used to replace extracted teeth – and have the added benefit of looking, feeling, and functioning just like natural teeth. For some patients who have suffered a significant amount of jawbone loss, bone grafting can strengthen the jawbone in preparation for a successful dental implant procedure. In addition, bone grafting can sometimes be used to strengthen tooth support and prevent the extraction of your natural tooth.
When a tooth has become seriously infected, an abscess may form. These abscesses can cause a lot of pain, and draining the abscess often results in a dramatic increase in your comfort level. Abscess draining may be combined with root canal therapy for a longer-lasting restoration of the tooth’s health and function.