There are lots of things to fear in the world. Many medical procedures and experiences that are terrifying for the people stuck in the patient’s position. However, there is one procedure that has received a bad reputation for little to no reason. Root canal therapy is a tooth-saving procedure that can prevent the spread of infection and the loss of teeth, and patients who have experienced this procedure can speak for the comfort they felt during the appointment.

Why Is it Necessary?

A root canal is necessary when the inner tooth pulp becomes infected. The result is often very painful and definitely a dangerous situation for your teeth! Infections occur due to injury or decay that that allows bacteria to reach the inside of the tooth. Not all infections are painful, so a dental x-ray often acts as the key to diagnosis.

How Does a Root Canal Work?

A root canal is the process of clearing the infection out of the inside of the tooth. Much like getting a filling, we will remove the infected area, fill the leftover space with special material, and cover the tooth with a crown to protect it from further damage. You will be entirely numb during the procedure, and can even request sedation to help you stay relaxed while we work.

While a root canal is a serious procedure, it certainly doesn’t deserve the reputation it has gained in most of society. Patients will tell you that it is about as uncomfortable as a filling, but that the relief of pain from the infection is well worth the time spent in the dental chair. Contact us today to set up your next appointment. With an exam, we can tell if there is a risk of infection!