Living with serious tooth pain or sensitivity is no fun, however sometimes people do so longer than they should out of fear of getting a root canal. Root canals are very common dental procedures, and aren’t anything to be afraid of. At Walton Center for Family Dentistry, we have helped many patients get relief from their pain by offering root canal therapy designed to be easy and painless.
Understanding Root Canals
Underneath the enamel and hard surface of your teeth is a soft tissue called pulp. That pulp contains nerves and blood vessels. When there is decay or damage to the pulp, you may find yourself experiencing serious pain when you bite down or put pressure on a tooth, or having lingering sensitivity to hot or cold foods or beverages.
Root canal pain is common, and may be due to tooth decay caused by cracked or chipped teeth, by decay that has damaged the outer part of your teeth, or by severe tooth decay in part of your mouth caused by repeated dental procedures. Whatever the reason, a root canal dentist can help.
What to Expect from Root Canal Therapy
Although root canal treatment has a bad reputation, the procedure itself isn’t much different from having a cavity filled and can usually be handled in just two appointments. At Walton Center for Family Dentistry, we help ensure every root canal patient is comfortable throughout the entire procedure. Please understand that some root canals may need to be referred to a specialist known as an Endodontist.
Once your dentist knows the extent of the infection (usually determined through X-rays), a local anesthetic will be applied to numb the area so you don’t feel anything. Using special tools, your root canal dentist will remove the damaged pulp and nerve tissue, cleaning the canal. Your tooth will then either be sealed right away, or you’ll receive a temporary filling that will protect the area from damage until a permanent crown can be placed.
At your follow-up appointment, your dentist will remove the temporary filling and will apply a special composite filling in the center of your tooth. The crown will help protect the treated tooth, now free from the root canal pain that was bothering you. After your procedure, you may experience some temporary discomfort, however the severe pain you were experiencing should be gone for good.
Choose Walton Center for Family Dentistry for Painless and Comfortable Root Canal Therapy
At Walton Center for Family Dentistry, we understand that getting a root canal is probably not high on your list of things you’d like to do. However, if you need a root canal, it’s important to get it taken care of as quickly as possible to limit your pain, and to protect the surrounding teeth.
No matter what type of dental procedures you need, we think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by your experience when you choose Walton Center for Family Dentistry. We make your comfort our number one priority.