Root Canal Therapy

Root Canals Can Be a Good Experience

Root canals have a bad reputation. From old sitcoms to references in dramatic shows, a root canal is perceived by many to be the worst possible dental procedure. It isn’t.
The truth is that new technology and an experienced dentist or endodontist can make a root canal a pain-free, quicker procedure than it was decades ago. It will relieve pain and help save your tooth. What could be better than that?

Those who have trouble with nervous tension, anger, frustration, or pain are some of those who suffer from it. The other personality type that tends to deal with bruxism is those who are overly competitive, aggressive, or always in a hurry. Finding relief from teeth clenching can take some time with counseling and medication, among other things. A dentist dealing with a patient who clenches their teeth looks for an immediate answer that saves the teeth. That answer is a nightguard.

What Is a Root Canal?

A root canal, in simple terms, takes out infected tissue from inside the tooth at the root. The area is cleaned and disinfected before it’s filled with a substance to stop further infections. Then, it’s sealed. The tooth gets a crown to further protect it.
It may take two appointments to complete the procedure. The first appointment is to do the root canal and make impressions of the tooth for the crown. The second appointment is to install the crown, which is customized. Some offices customize crowns on-site and those patients typically only have one appointment.

Don't Be Afraid of a Root Canal

Root canals may leave a patient with some pain after the local anesthetics wear off but it's nothing like the pain of an infected tooth. You should feel fine over a couple of days. The dentist may prescribe an antibiotic and a pain reliever. You can also take over-the-counter pain relievers.

A root canal keeps your smile with the same natural appearance, protects other teeth, and allows you to bite and chew normally. Those experiencing pain should call to schedule an exam. Don't wait until the pain is so bad you need an emergency visit. Call for an appointment today!

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