For most people, any mention of the term “root canal” can cause a painful wince or fearful reaction. But truth be told, this routine procedure brings a great sense of relief to anyone who needs it. Although root canal therapy may seem like a complex procedure, it’s incredibly safe and effective at reducing pain and healing an ailing tooth. Let us explain to you how root canal therapy can help you.
What Is a Root Canal?
The term “root canal” refers to the space inside of a tooth where the nerve root and soft pulp are located. When bacteria accumulate inside the pulp chamber, damage can be done to the nerve root. This can cause pain, infection, and dental abscess. An abscess is a pus-filled growth that forms at the root of the tooth. If left untreated, it can result in bone loss, the loss of your tooth, and cheek or facial swelling.
What Is Root Canal Therapy?
First, we want you to know that we will help make this visit as painless as possible. We’ll numb the area around the tooth with an anesthetic. During a root canal therapy procedure, we will clean out the infected pulp and nerve in the root canal and seal it off. While it may sound daunting to have a tooth’s nerve removed, the nerve does not perform a necessary function to the health of your tooth, other than to feel heat and cold sensations. It is necessary to clean out and remove infected pulp to remove decay and save the tooth. Once this is done, we seal off the tooth and send you on your way. Endodontic treatment can sometimes take more than one office visit, we’ll be able to tell you more once we’ve had a consultation. Although some pain can be expected after the procedure, it is easily managed with a pain reliever.
Do You Need a Root Canal Treatment?
If you suspect you may have a dental abscess, don’t put off treating it. The pain will get worse and we don’t want you to risk bone or tooth loss. Don’t be intimidated by the reputation that “root canal” therapy can get. We are highly experienced in this procedure and will walk you through every step of the process. You have nothing to fear. Once you’re on the other side of your root canal procedure, you’ll wonder why you were so worried.
We understand that having any dental work done can cause anxiety, particularly if it’s your first time. We want you to call us if you have any questions about the health of your teeth or an upcoming appointment. If you have new or worsening pain, contact us today! We are here to help.Contact Us