Root Canal Therapy
Learning that you need root canal therapy may not seem like great news; however, believe it or not, there is actually a bright side.
If you need a root canal, it is likely that your tooth is infected, damaged, or traumatized to the point that it is affecting the nerve and root of your tooth. You’re probably experiencing a lot of pain and discomfort.
Here’s your good news: Contrary to popular belief, root canal therapy doesn’t cause pain. In fact, it actually relieves it – and it will allow you to preserve your natural tooth. This is much better in the long run than having to replace a tooth.
Why Do I Need a Root Canal?
Deep decay, infection, trauma from an accident or injury, and severe cracks or fractures in your tooth are reasons you may need a root canal.
If your tooth is abscessed or infected, it causes constant pain or a toothache. It’s also important to understand that a dental infection won’t go away without treatment. If you ignore an infection, it will progress and could affect neighboring teeth and result in tooth loss.
If you are experiencing the kind of dental pain that keeps you awake at night or prevents you from functioning throughout the day, it’s important that you contact Dr. Call right away.
Does Root Canal Therapy Hurt?
While root canals have long had the reputation of causing pain, this couldn’t be further from the truth. The pain you experience is caused by your infection. Root canal therapy actually relieves your pains and eliminates the infection.
Modern dentistry has made many advances that make root canal therapy more comfortable. This includes the development of excellent anesthetics, which ensure that you don’t feel anything during your procedure and also immediately relieve your pain.
Rotary endodontic tools allow Dr. Call to perform your procedure more efficiently since they are electric. Plus because they are made of titanium rather than stainless steel, they are more flexible and comfortable for the patient.
Dr. Call also offers nitrous oxide (laughing gas) as an option for patients who are feeling fearful about root canal therapy. Nitrous helps you to feel completely relaxed but leaves your system immediately after your procedure so it doesn’t interfere with your normal activities.
How to Avoid Root Canal Therapy
Did you know that many root canals can actually be avoided?
It’s true! All it takes is consistent visits to your dentist in Surprise every six months to avoid complex procedures like root canals.
This is because Dr. Call can detect tooth decay and other issues early on with x-rays and during your examination. Early detection allows us to treat tooth decay and cavities with a less invasive dental filling when you are proactive about your care.
If you or a loved one is experiencing dental pain – or even if it’s just time for your next dental exam, give RGC Dentistry a call to schedule an appointment.