Root canal therapy can be enormously effective in preserving a tooth that has been infected by disease or decay. Tooth pulp – the collection of blood vessels in the center of the teeth – can often become severely inflamed by deep cavities, ongoing decay, or trauma; in turn, this can cause substantial pain, tender gums, extreme sensitivity to the area surrounding the infected tooth, and other serious effects. Fortunately, rather than losing the tooth, a root canal is able to remove infected tooth pulp, sanitize the area, and seal it to protect and reinforce the tooth structure.
While root canals typically save patients the trouble of having a tooth extracted, myths surrounding the amount of pain involved have been known to cause hesitation. To demystify this procedure, there are some factors to note while considering root canal therapy:
First, many patients who have undergone root canal therapy report that it is no more painful than receiving an average dental filling. In fact, a root canal can relieve existing tooth pain, rather than cause additional suffering. During a root canal, a local anesthesia is administered to numb the affected area. Our dentists understand that many patients have a general fear or anxiety that surrounds dental procedures, which is why Dr. Eric Klumb and Dr. Mike Menolascino offer a sedation dentistry technique known as oral conscious sedation. With oral conscious sedation, patients can swallow a small pill before the procedure and enjoy a relaxed, calm state of mind while being treated. This can allow root canal therapy to be a more comfortable experience for those experiencing apprehension about the procedure.
After a root canal, the treated tooth may feel sensitive, but any residual discomfort can typically be alleviated with over-the-counter pain medication. At this point, patients can feel relieved knowing their damaged tooth was restored with an advanced procedure administered with compassion and care.
To learn more about root canal therapy and other services we provide in greater detail, contact our practice today.