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Need a Root Canal? Our Endodontists Make it Easy!
Root canals have a bad reputation as being painful and scary. But actually, root canals aren’t any more uncomfortable than getting a regular dental filling. Don’t believe us? Come on in and see for yourself! The endodontists at Rodeo Dental & Orthodontics are ready to walk you though the entire process and make it completely comfortable, easy, and pain-free.
Why Are Root Canals Necessary?
We perform root canals when a patient has untreated tooth decay that has eaten through the enamel so far that it reaches the inside of the tooth, where the nerve lies. Root canals are also sometimes needed when a tooth is chipped or cracked, when there is trauma to the mouth, or when there are extensive dental procedures on the same tooth.
Extensive decay and dental injuries can cause pain or infection that can only be relieved through root canal treatment. While sometimes no symptoms are present at all, most of our root canal patients report:
- A severe toothache
- Prolonged tooth sensitivity.
- Swelling or tenderness in the gums
- A discolored tooth
An x-ray and dental exam will confirm the need for root canal treatment.
An Endodontist is Specially Trained to Perform Root Canals
While general dentists can perform routine root canals, endodontists are specially trained to perform these procedures as well as other types of oral surgery. They are dental specialists who have an additional two to three years of training beyond dental school in the field of endodontics.
Because endodontists are experts at performing root canals, they know how to treat patients quickly and comfortably. They can also perform a variety of surgical procedures to help save a tooth in instances where a root canal alone is not enough.
What Happens During a Root Canal?
Endodontists use a simple numbing agent for a root canal just like when you get a regular filling. During the procedure, the endodontist cleans out the inside of the tooth to:
- Remove all tooth decay
- Treat any infection that is present
- Relieve pain
This process involves removing the nerve as well as the tissue around it (called the pulp). Once the tooth is cleaned out, the endodontist seals everything up and places a crown on the tooth if necessary. Sometimes the tooth is very damaged from decay and a crown is needed to stabilize it and keep it usable.
Root Canals are Extremely Common and Very Safe
More than 15 million root canals are performed every single year, which breaks down to about 41,000 root canals every day! So these are extremely routine procedures that rarely have any complications. In fact, root canals are actually beneficial to most patients because they prevent painful infections and abscesses from severe tooth decay.
Many patients are concerned about having the inside of their tooth removed, however the inside of the tooth is not essential to the health of your mouth. In fact, the nerve and pulp only function to send hot, cold, or painful messages to your brain. After a root canal your tooth can continue to function normally.
Still Feeling Nervous? Ask Your Endodontist About Your Options
For patients who are still nervous about the procedure, we encourage them to ask us about sedation dentistry. Some options at Rodeo Dental include:
- Nitrous oxide, which most people know as laughing gas
- A sedative, which is taken in pill form before your appointment
- IV sedation, which is used on occasion for extremely fearful patients
All of these options are safe for just about everyone, and they can help you feel relaxed and at ease. Just be sure to tell your endodontist about any health conditions or medications you may be taking.
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