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What Does Root Canal Therapy Involve?

If the tissue or "nerve" in your tooth is inflamed and causing you severe discomfort or pain, Dr. Martin might need to perform root canal therapy.

A root canal is a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes infected. If the tooth is infected antibiotics are usually prescribed to reduce the amount of infection. During a root canal procedure, the nerve and blood vessels are removed, the inside canal of the tooth is cleaned out and then sealed to protect from recurrent infection.

Without treatment, the tissue surrounding the roots of the tooth will become infected and abscesses may form leading to the possible loss of the tooth. After a root canal has been completed, the structure becomes weakened and will require a crown in order to ensure longevity of the tooth.

For more information on what root canal therapy involves, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Martin for endodontics/root canal therapy, call (314) 739-1222 (Maryland Heights Location), (573) 764-2425 (Gerald Location), or contact Martin Dental & Associates today.

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Meet the Dentists

Dr. Martin is a native of the St. Louis area. As a child he attended Rossman School and St. Louis Country Day School. He attended Lutheran Medical School for Nursing and became an R.N. After that, he worked as an RN in the ER while attending the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, where he earned his Bachelor's Degree in Marine Biology in 1986. Dr. Martin attended the University of Kansas City, where he earned his D.D.S. degree in dentistry in 1990. He founded his practice in St. Louis shortly thereafter.

Dr. Martin is currently the dentist on staff at Ranken Jordan Pediatric Hospital, providing free dental services for the children they serve. Also, he visits Price Memorial in Eureka, MO, providing dental services to the residents in the home. Dr. Martin and his wife, Martha, have a son, Alex. They also share their home with three cats; Max, Charlie and Lucy.

Dr. Martin’s hobbies include playing ice hockey, snow skiing, photography, SCUBA diving and boating.

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