Root Canal Therapy
Nothing strikes fear into a patient’s heart faster than hearing they need root canal therapy!
Dr. Kurtis and Dr. Joanne want you to know that these days this fear is truly unwarranted for number of reasons. Modern dentistry has made root canal therapy quite comfortable, and our highly skilled dentists will ensure that you’re at ease throughout the entire procedure.
Root canals are often associated with pain, and this is because it’s typically a dental infection that is causing the need for root canal therapy. Dental infections can be quite painful, and a root canal will actually relieve your pain and preserve your tooth from extraction.
When Do I Need a Root Canal?
When your tooth sustains an injury, breakdown of an old restoration, or fracture that reaches to the pulp of your tooth, a dental infection can occur. This typically begins with your tooth feeling sensitive to hot or cold food or drinks; however, it can quickly manifest into a full-blown constant toothache that is quite painful and debilitating.
If your root is infected, we’ll most likely recommend root canal therapy for you.
What Happens during Root Canal Therapy?
Dr. Joanne will remove the infected tissue from your tooth through a small access hole created in the top. After the infection is completely removed, your tooth will be sealed with a temporary filling and given time to heal. Once your tooth is healed, you’ll return to Davis Family Dentistry to have it restored with either a permanent filling or dental crown.
Will the Procedure Hurt?
Dr. Joanne is highly skilled, and your comfort is her top priority.
She’ll begin your procedure by using dental anesthetics to ensure that you don’t feel anything during your procedure. As a bonus, the anesthetics also work quickly to relieve the pain your infection is causing. Most patients are immediately grateful to be free from pain once again and pleasantly surprised at how comfortable they are during root canal therapy.
How to Avoid Root Canal Therapy
Did you know that many root canal procedures could actually be avoided? With consistent preventative care appointments, we’re able to detect decay and fractures in their earliest stages, which may mean that a dental filling can take care of the problem.
If you begin to feel sensitivity in your tooth to hot or cold, this is also a good time to contact Davis Family Dentistry as we may be able to treat your tooth before an infection occurs.
When you are proactive about your oral health and stay consistent with your home and preventative care, we can help you avoid many dental issues. We look forward to partnering with you to help you achieve optimum oral health for a lifetime.
If you or a loved one is experiencing dental pain or sensitivity, please don’t hesitate to call Davis Family Dentistry right away.