Have No Fear! Posted on August 25, 2014

Do You Have a Fear of the Dentist?

So your six month dental checkup has finally arrived and as usual you are dreading facing the infamous dental chair. Trust us when we say it is not the end of the world; although it may feel like it. You may have no problems with having a routine cleaning but to your surprise the dentist suggest you have a root canal treatment to save an infected tooth. What now? Contrary to popular belief a root canal treatment does not have to be a harrowing experience.

Dental Checkup

A root canal treatment is recommended when the pulp within your tooth becomes inflamed or infected. There are many causes for this intrusion such as:

  • Deep decay
  • Multiple procedures on the tooth
  • A crack or chip in the tooth
  • Botched crowns
  • A form of trauma can also cause pulp damage without any visible proof such as a chip or crack.

It is highly recommended to have the tooth treated promptly. Leaving a pulp inflammation or infection untreated can cause pain or lead to an abscess.

How It Works

According to the American Association of Endodontists the treatment consists of removing the inflamed or infected pulp from the inside of the tooth. An Endodontist then delicately cleans and disinfects the tooth and then fills and seals it with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. On the final step the tooth is restored with a crown or filling for protection. Your tooth will function as normal after the treatment. Similar to a routine filling, it can be performed in one or two appointments. With modern technologies the entire process is a comfortable experience.

The benefits of a root canal treatment outweigh any fears you may have. You will be able to continuing chewing in an efficient manor, maintain normal biting force and sensation, and the tooth will retain its natural appearance.

Endodontic services help you maintain a beautiful smile and aid in living the best life possible. With our expertise on dental care and solution methods such as root canal treatments you can continue to have teeth that function efficiently and eat the foods you love for a lifetime!