For many people, the word root canal causes anxiety, but this is usually due to various myths often circulating about the procedure. In fact, a root canal procedure itself is painless. An endodontist does a root canal procedure to eliminate discomfort and save the tooth. Modern technologies and anesthetics allow endodontists to perform root canals quickly and comfortably.
What is a Root Canal?
A root canal is typically necessary when there is inflammation or infection in the root of a tooth. It is a straightforward procedure by which the endodontist will remove the infection, then clean and fill the area. A local anesthetic is used to numb the tooth and the surrounding area before the procedure which eliminates any discomfort. The process can usually be completed in a single visit.
Although getting a root canal is a simple process, this does little to calm an apprehensive patient. There are other options for patients who suffer from anxiety related to the procedure. Sedation options are available to calm nervous patients and ensure a comfortable procedure. These options are offered for the benefit of the patient.
Benefits of a Root Canal
Root canal therapy offers many benefits. Saving a tooth is certainly a benefit since it eliminates the need for artificial replacements. A natural tooth allows for efficient chewing. Additionally, it helps protect neighboring teeth from excessive wear und unnecessary strain. A root canal will also eliminate your toothache along with any tenderness or swelling that may be associated. It is a proactive approach to your overall health and a beautiful smile.
If you have been told you need a root canal, or you suspect you might, call our office today. A root canal can eliminate discomfort caused by a damaged or infected tooth and improve oral health. Our highly trained staff is gentle, knowledgeable and willing to help.