Ah, the dreaded root canal. If you’re like most people, the words “root canal” strikes fear in your heart. We understand – in the past, it hasn’t been a pleasant procedure! Today, however, modern medicine and technology has made undergoing a root canal much more comfortable. Root canals get a bad rap, but they are often necessary to restore the health and function of a tooth. The root canal therapy service at Contemporary Family Dentistry will change the way you feel about root canals. We can save your teeth without pain or hassle. Don’t believe us? Find out for yourself!
WHEN IS A ROOT CANAL NECESSARY?
Root canal therapy is a solution for a tooth that has serious decay or infection. During a root canal, the dentist removes the damaged pulp, tissues, and nerves from the affected tooth. The dentist then cleans the inside of the tooth and seals it from further contaminants. A root canal may be necessary if a tooth has deep decay, large cracks, or has suffered some kind of trauma. A cavity may form in the center of the tooth, and then progress without prompt treatment.
When the tooth’s nerves and pulp suffer damage, they can break down and cause bacteria to multiply in the mouth. If left untreated, this can result in an abscessed tooth. Abscessed teeth are very painful, and occur when a pus-filled pocket forms at the roots of the tooth. At this point, the infection has spread past the point of being able to simply remove and fill the cavity. The patient will need a root canal for proper treatment. If you experience too
HOW WE PERFORM ROOT CANAL THERAPY
Root canal therapy at Contemporary Family Dentistry is something you’ll look forward to, not dread. That’s because we use techniques and technologies that optimize patient comfort. You’ll be eager for your root canal to solve tooth pain and restore your tooth, without any of the feelings of fear or anxiety that used to come with this procedure. Here’s what to expect from root canals with our team, after we perform an exam, and come to the agreement with you that this is the best course of action:
- Numbing. We’ll apply a local anesthetic to completely numb the area surrounding the damaged tooth. You may feel a slight pinch from the needle, but then you won’t feel a thing. Most patients report feeling no more discomfort than during a filling. Our team will help you feel relaxed and at ease.
- Drilling. We’ll place a rubber dam around the tooth to keep the area clean and dry. Then, we’ll drill an access hole using a very small tool to access the inside of your tooth. You will not feel this at all! From the access hole, we can remove decayed tissues, pulp, and debris from your tooth. We will irrigate the chamber with a special solution to make it fully clean and clear.
- Sealing. Once the chamber is clean and dry, we’ll seal it. You may or may not need to come back for your seal at a different appointment, to allow your tooth time to heal or an infection to clear. If this is the case, we’ll place a temporary filling between appointments. If not, we’ll seal the tooth the same day! Most root canals require permanent crowns or other tooth restoration to bring the tooth back to its original state.
Contrary to popular belief, dentists don’t perform root canals just to torture patients! We do them to save your existing tooth, relieve pain, and make your mouth healthy again. The finished tooth will have full function, and look just as good as your other teeth. Root canals are total tooth restorations. At our office, you don’t have to worry about root canals being painful. We have solutions to make your procedure as comfortable and painless as possible!