When the nerve supply of a tooth has been damaged beyond repair from decay, infection, or trauma, root canal therapy is used to end discomfort and save the tooth from extraction. While root canals have an almost comically bad reputation, they’re actually painless and relatively simple.
Once we determine that a root canal is appropriate, we will use a local anesthetic to numb the area. After you are sufficiently comfortable, the following will occur:
- We will drill a small hole in order to access the tooth pulp (remember, you’ll be numbed and won’t feel a thing).
- We will then clear the infected tooth pulp out of the chamber; if necessary, we may treat the area with an antibiotic in order to protect against further infection.
- Once the area is clean and dry, we will fill the chamber with a rubber-like material.
- Next, we will seal the chamber; the restorative option we use will depend on the location and condition of the tooth.
The most obvious benefit is that you’ll get to keep your your tooth, but the perks don’t end there. A root canal will also:
- Let you maintain the appearance of your natural smile
- Allow you to continue eating your favorite foods
- Provide a painless, affordable, and highly effective solution for your dental discomfort
If you’re experiencing sensitivity to heat, cold, or extremely sweet foods, you may be a candidate for a root canal. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment and say goodbye to the pain.