Hearing that they need a root canal strikes fear in the hearts of some dental patients. However, when this procedure is performed by an experienced endodontist, it will actually relieve pain instead of causing it.
Root canals have come a long way over the past several decades, and today’s procedures are quicker and less painful that procedures in the past. It is important to choose the right dental care professional to perform your procedure, and it is also important to gain an understanding of the benefits of root canals.
Why is a root canal necessary?
If your tooth decay is minor, it can usually be repaired with a filling or crown. However, advanced stages of decay can affect the center of your tooth, where the nerves and roots are located.
Root canal is an excellent option because it helps you avoid extraction by saving your tooth. The procedure is a good choice for teeth that have interior decay but still have a healthy portion of their exterior.
What happens during this procedure?
It is important to note that your dental care professional will work with you to make sure that you are free from pain during your procedure. After you receive local anesthesia and your mouth is sufficiently numb, the endodontist will make a small opening in your tooth. The decayed interior, including the pulp and nerves will be removed to get rid of the infection.
Next, your tooth is filled with a composite material. Since this material is the same color of your tooth, it will most likely not be noticeable at all after your procedure is complete. This material also acts as a sealant since it keeps bacteria from entering your tooth again.
Depending on the extent and location of the damage, you might also need a crown to top your damaged tooth. The crown strengthens your tooth and adds an additional layer of protection.
What are the benefits of root canals?
One of the biggest benefits that patients enjoy after a root canal is quick relief from their tooth pain and sensitivity. We love hearing that our patients are now able to chew and eat again without any pain.
In addition to reduced pain, root canals can also improve the look of your smile and increase your self-confidence. After the procedure is complete, your tooth will be stronger than ever, so you will have adequate protection against further decay and damage.
How can I choose the right endodontist to perform my procedure?
Once you understand how a root canal can benefit you, it is important to find the right endodontist to perform your procedure. Endodontists in Cranberry is proud to serve patients in and around Cranberry, PA. We are committed to offering top notch dental care to each of our patients.
When you choose our practice for your root canal or other dental care procedures, you can be assured that your procedure will be performed by highly skilled and experienced dental professionals.