Gentle Root Canals in Lafayette
When is Root Canal Therapy Necessary?
If a cavity goes untreated and tooth decay descends into the inner layers of a tooth or severe damage has exposed the pulp, Dr. Gina Liggio Maestri DDS may recommend root canal therapy in an effort to save the structure of the tooth. A tooth is composed of three distinct layers: the outer enamel, the porous dentin, and the inner pulp. Filled with nerves and tasked with keeping the tooth healthy and hydrated, the pulp can become infected and lead to serious health risks, including abscessed gums and further infection of the surrounding oral structures. In addition, infected pulp can cause moderate-to-severe sensitivity and pain that can only be effectively treated by removing the damaged pulp.
Are Root Canals Really that Bad?
Root canal therapy has such a negative reputation that people often use it as a measure of how bad another situation, like a tax audit or buying a used car, can be. In reality, root canal therapy is a complex but necessary procedure that can save your tooth and will remove the source of often severe tooth pain. Dr. Gina Liggio Maestri DDS uses local anesthesia to numb the affected area and nitrous oxide sedation to help you feel calm. If you feel particularly anxious or fearful of your root canal procedure, Dr. Gina Liggio Maestri can provide oral sedation, a dose of anti-anxiety medication that places nervous patients in a state of profound relaxation. Ideally, practicing careful at-home dental hygiene and regularly visiting the dentist for checkups and cleanings should help you avoid the need for root canal therapy. However, reality often gets in the way of the ideal and should you find yourself in need of a root canal, rest assured that you will be in skilled, caring hands at Dr. Gina Liggio Maestri, DDS.
Visit Your Lafayette Family Dentist
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Gina Liggio Maestri DDS, call our office at 337-704-2126. Our Lafayette dentist’s office proudly provides preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry services to families and individuals in Lafayette, LA, the Acadiana region.
Education is key
Education is a lifelong journey and a truly dedicated family dentist never stops learning. To this end, Dr. Gina Liggio Maestri DDS obtains 75-80 hours of continuing education every year, twice the state’s requirement. In addition, Dr. Maestri and her team focus on educating our patients through hands-on techniques and the open sharing of information. Well-informed patients tend to make better decisions when it comes to at-home dental hygiene and lifestyle choices that impact oral health. If you have any questions about family dentistry or feel that you need some professional guidance, please feel free to ask.