Root Canals

Lexington, KY Root Canal Therapy

Dr. Google does not tell us what a root canal really is. Your tooth has a little canal that runs through it that has the nerve and blood supply. If it gets contaminated, it should be sterile. It doesn’t work anymore if it’s now contaminated, so we just need to help clean it up and put a filling down in the bottom of the tooth. That’s a root canal.

You have to treat the body as well as the tooth, so root canals are typically … We like to do it all in one visit. Get you in, get you out of pain. Most of my patients come back and say that’s nothing like I thought it was going to be. I thought it was going to be awful. It was going to be a three hour-long appointment, and it’s nothing like that. A root canal can be pretty painless. It’s usually the pain you have ahead of time that makes you fearful of what’s going to happen next.

For most people who have had root canals, who have had pain previously, they are feeling so much better that they love having had a root canal.

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.

If somebody comes in with extreme pain and has an abscess underneath the tooth, then it either has to be extracted or a root canal and if you want to save that tooth then the root canal is the best option. We go in and remove the nerve in the tooth, clean out the tooth and fill it with a material so that the tooth can last.

We really like to save the teeth, especially somebody that’s younger. You can keep that tooth for a long time if you do endo and crowns. Whereas, if you take that tooth out, implants are great, it’s a great substitute for a tooth but not everyone needs an implant if you can save their tooth. Typically, we don’t see any pain during the root canal unless the numbness goes away, but if they’re adequately numb then they shouldn’t feel any pain.

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

Root canals have come a long way over the years. They used to be done completely with hand filing, which meant long appointments and multiple appointments. Now use a rotary system so it’s almost always done in one appointment, maybe two. You’re very comfortable. You’re completely numb and it’s really a quick process. Most people are really surprised at how easy and how well it went. If they feel anything, we give them more anesthetic and make sure they’re comfortable before we proceed.

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.

Dental Sedation Options

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 inhaled sedation, 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.

  • Inhaled sedation – Great for nervous kids and simple procedures. Also known as laughing gas, this type of sedation creates a mild sense of calm and relaxation.
  • Oral conscious sedation – Good for more complicated procedures. This will put you in a state of relaxation deep enough that you may even doze off during treatment.
  • IV sedation – Our highest form of sedation. This creates a sleep-like state. Best for very complicated or long procedures.

We can help you feel comfortable in every situation. To learn more about sedation dentistry, visit our page here.

Make an Appointment

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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