At One Smile Dental, we know that dentists and dental procedures can occasionally get a bad rap. However, this is often just a result of widespread misunderstanding! We want to discuss an incredibly common dental procedure that is often feared: the infamous root canal. Contrary to popular belief, root canal therapy is not a painful or scary procedure and actually usually has a quick, easy recovery period. We know that the root canal procedure has a bad reputation, but Dr. Collins and our team are here to put your mind at ease.
When Is Root Canal Therapy Needed?
Root canal procedures are very simple and relatively painless. We use root canal therapy to treat tooth pain and save teeth when the pulp (the soft tissue inside your tooth that contains nerves and blood vessels) becomes damaged or infected. In fact, the experience of having an untreated infected tooth is much more painful than the root canal procedure itself!
What Happens During Root Canal Therapy?
During a root canal procedure, we numb the surrounding area, remove the damaged or infected tissue from the inside of your tooth, and replace it with a filler that strengthens your tooth. Often, the last step in treatment is restoring the appearance and function of the tooth with a natural-looking dental crown.
What Are the Benefits of Root Canal Therapy?
Root canal therapy allows us to treat and save your natural tooth before any further damage occurs. Not only does this allow you to keep your natural tooth and avoid a dental implant, bridge, or denture, it also preserves the normal function of your mouth when it comes to chewing and biting.
Don’t Put Off Root Canal Therapy!
As you can see, root canal treatment is a simple, commonplace procedure designed to save your natural tooth. Once treated, your preserved tooth and the attached restoration should last many, many years if well cared for. If you have a severe toothache, come see us right away. You may be afflicted by a tooth infection that requires root canal therapy. If ignored, an infected tooth will need to be completely extracted. If you have questions for our Bastrop dental team about root canal therapy or want to schedule an appointment at our office, contact us today!CONTACT US