It’s no wonder that root canals have a bad reputation. If you believe all the jokes and stories, you probably think that a root canal is about the most uncomfortable procedure you can go through.
What if we told you that having a root canal doesn’t need to be any more stressful or uncomfortable than having a tooth filled? Thanks to advances in root canal therapy, our doctors are usually able to save a severely damaged or decayed tooth in one or two easy appointments.
How Root Canal Infection Starts
Inside your tooth is the pulp, which houses nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue that may become infected and inflamed due to severe decay, chips or cracks in the tooth, or other damage. Without treatment, it can cause further pain or lead to an abscess.
Root canals are necessary to treat the inside of the tooth when the pulp becomes infected. When we perform a root canal, we remove the infected pulp, then clean and seal the tooth. We may suggest restoring the tooth with a crown or filling for protection and normal tooth function.
Experienced, Compassionate Care
According to the American Association of Endodontists, more than 15 million root canals are performed every year. All this experience has left us with a wealth of information about how to make your root canal treatment more comfortable and efficient.
Dr. Cody and Dr. Melissa have performed hundreds of stress-free root canals. Our team has decades of experience in assisting in many root canal procedures, and we’re sympathetic and sensitive to your concerns. We’ll do everything we can to make sure that you’re completely comfortable during and after your treatment.
Root Canals Save Teeth
If the pulp becomes inflamed or infected and is not treated, it can cause pain or lead to an abscess. The pain will continue and increase, and we may need to remove the tooth to provide relief. Once you understand a little bit more about the procedure and why it's necessary, you can see that root canals don't cause pain – they relieve it!
Saving a natural tooth with a root canal maintains your smile, allows you to eat the foods you love, and limits the need for future dental work. If we find that you need root canal therapy, our doctors will take the time to explain the procedure and answer any questions you might have about your treatment.
Help for Our Anxious Patients
Our team understands that years of conditioning have probably left you with a pretty low opinion of this procedure, but we make every effort to keep you comfortable during your root canal.
Aside from our gentle approach, we offer nitrous oxide and oral sedation to help keep you calm during your procedure. We can prescribe a medication to be taken before your appointment so you arrive at our office relaxed. Then you can just sit back and put your feet up while we restore your tooth to perfect health.
Please Call if You Think You Need a Root Canal
We would love to show you the difference that the support of a friendly team of professionals can make when it comes to your root canal treatment.
If you are currently in pain, we urge you to seek treatment as quickly as possible. At Dental Health Partners, we always reserve time in our schedule for emergencies so you can relax, knowing that the care you need is just a phone call away.