We understand the thought of a root canal may be stressful but did you know they can save your natural tooth, relieve your pain, and enhance your overall health? Root canal therapy is a dental procedure aimed at treating infection at the center of a tooth (the root canal system). This treatment is crucial when the pulp inside the tooth, made up of soft tissue including nerves and blood vessels, becomes infected or inflamed. The process involves removing the damaged area of the tooth, cleaning and disinfecting it, and then filling and sealing it to prevent further infection. We strive to make your treatment as comfortable as possible so you can embrace a healthy, pain-free smile.
Root canal therapy offers several benefits, including pain relief and the prevention of more serious oral health issues. It's a common misconception that root canals are painful, but with modern techniques and anesthesia, the procedure is typically no more uncomfortable than having a filling.
Root canal therapy effectively relieves pain caused by a tooth infection or inflammation. The procedure removes the infected pulp, which is the source of pain, and cleans the inside of the tooth. This eliminates the discomfort and allows the tooth to heal.
By treating the infection and saving the natural tooth, root canal therapy prevents the need for tooth extraction. Keeping your natural teeth is beneficial for your oral health, as it maintains your natural bite and prevents other teeth from shifting.
Root canal therapy contributes to overall oral health. By removing the source of infection, it prevents the spread of infection to other teeth and the jawbone. This treatment also helps in maintaining the natural alignment of teeth and the integrity of the jawbone.
The root canal therapy process involves several steps to ensure the infected pulp is thoroughly removed and the tooth is protected against future infections.
Modern root canal treatments are typically no more painful than having a filling. Local anesthesia is used to numb the area, making the procedure relatively pain-free.
Recovery from a root canal is usually quick. Most patients can return to their normal activities the next day. Some sensitivity or discomfort may be experienced for a few days, which can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication.
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