If there is one procedure that is most misunderstood in dentistry, it’s root canals. At OrthoGrace Dental, we want to set the record straight – root canals don’t cause pain. They relieve it!
Our team understands that many of us have been programmed to be fearful of root canals. But the truth is that the procedure is nothing at all to be afraid of. Dental techniques and technology have streamlined the process over the last several years so that now we can perform root canals that are no more complex than having a tooth filled.
When you get a cavity in a tooth, you need to get treatment for it right away. If you don’t, the cavity will grow and spread to the inner part of the tooth. This area deep in your tooth contains nerves and the blood supply that keeps the tooth alive.
When decay and infection reach this part of the tooth, it can cause severe pain that gets worse over time. Unfortunately, it is the pain that most people remember, but it isn’t the procedure that causes the pain – it’s the infection.
If we do not perform root canal treatment, the discomfort will continue, and our only option for giving you relief will be to extract the tooth. This is not a good option because it is crucial to preserve as much of your natural tooth structure as possible. The loss of even one tooth can impact your oral health for the rest of your life.
To save the tooth, Dr. Joe Medellin must remove the infected material. We start by making sure that your tooth is numb so you don’t feel anything at all.
To remove the damaged and infected pulp, Dr. Medellin creates a tiny hole in your tooth so he can reach inside it and clear away the infection. When the infection is gone, we will place a temporary filling on the tooth to seal and protect it.
Root canal treatment can cause a tooth to become brittle, so we will recommend a restoration like a dental crown to protect and strengthen it. You will be able to go back to eating comfortably again, but the best part is that the pain is gone!
We understand that even with all this information, the idea of a root canal may still make you feel anxious. But our goal is to provide you with a safe, efficient procedure that protects your healthy smile and allows you to smile comfortably again.
If you suspect you may need a root canal, please call our Northridge dental office. We can see most emergency patients the same day, so if you are in pain, we will get you the relief you need as quickly as possible.