What is a root canal? When most people hear the term “root canal,” they want to run for their lives. The term is commonly used today as synonymous with the most terrible of experiences. In truth, root canals today are simple procedures that can help relieve root canal pain caused by infected dental tissues. Let’s talk about root canal procedure and how we are able to make them comfortable, stress-free procedures.
Root Canal Therapy 101
Root canals today are pretty simple processes. There are just a few steps the doctor will take to remove any infected dental pulp and repair it with a crown.
The doctor will numb the area with a local anesthetic before creating a small hole in the biting surface of your tooth. The infected dental pulp is then removed through this small hole. This is not a painful process, as the area is already numb. The root canals in your tooth are then disinfected and prepared to receive a filler. The filler, called gutta-percha, is applied to the tooth. This fills the gap left by the removed pulp. Everything is then sealed up to protect from further infection. A crown may be placed on the tooth after the procedure as a final step to restore the tooth. We can even do this on the same day as the root canal, thanks to our CEREC technology. Once your crown is fitted and everything is sealed up, your tooth can no longer feel pain and is free from infection.
The Latest in Endodontic Technology
Modern technology and techniques, including rotary endodontics, is key to reducing the pain and discomfort from a root canal therapy and treatment. Decades ago, root canals were very scary and painful procedures – that is where the fear and stigma originates. Now, we are able to use special tools to accurately and effectively remove the infected dental pulp from your tooth without creating additional stress or pain.
With the latest technology, pain from a root canal therapy is already at a minimum. However, we can simplify the process even more by offering you the option of dental sedation. Our practice offers three types of dental sedation, including nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, and IV sedation. All three types are safe and allow us to help you feel comfortable regardless of what procedure you are undergoing.
We can help you feel comfortable in every situation. To learn more about sedation dentistry, visit our page here.
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If you think you may need a root canal therapy, don’t wait. Please call our office to make an appointment. You can also send us a message using our online form. We will be happy to assist you in setting up a date and time for your visit. Let our team at Beaumont Family Dentistry help you get the care you need.
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