January 31, 2016
There are few phrases in the English language that make people squirm more than “root canal treatment.” Maybe just reading those words makes you cringe, but before you go closing your laptop or switching to another web page, understand that this blog contains information that will help you SAVE your natural teeth and improve your overall oral health.
Root canal procedures are quite possibly the most misunderstood treatment in dentistry – or all of medicine. Patients worry about discomfort or pain instead of learning about the overall benefits of the treatment. First off, to put you at ease, we use state-of-the-art techniques to ensure patient comfort during any procedures. The technology is very advanced, and we have malleable materials that let us get down to the root.
At our office, we diagnose and treat a majority of our root canal cases. Typical dental offices refer out all root canal cases, but we have taken the necessary continuing education to complete your root canal right here in the office. That saves you time and money!
What is a Root Canal?
Root canal treatment is needed when the dental pulp becomes infected. Some patients feel no pain at all, but more commonly, root problems can be excruciating. I’ve seen patients who were up all night in terrible pain and swelling. Years ago, the solution would have been to pull the tooth, but technological advancements have made it easier for us to save your teeth.
Today we can complete a root canal is one visit. This includes cleaning out the root and then building up the tooth with a filling material. Once the filling material is placed, we then restore the tooth with a permanent crown that fits your natural smile and will last years. The length of a root canal depends on the number of canal in the tooth. Front teeth generally have one canal, while molars may have as many as three. For more complicated cases, we work with a specialist to complete your root canal treatment.
My patients who have never had a root canal before find that root canals are nothing to fret about. In fact, some of my patients are so relaxed that they fall asleep in the chair.
What do YOU Gain?
As I mentioned before, too many patients are worried about the root canal procedure instead of the gains. I’m a real wimp when it comes to pain and discomfort in my mouth – you’ll find that most dentists are the same way – and I don’t think root canals are anything to worry about.
Here’s the truth about root canals: They get you out of pain and SAVE YOUR TEETH! For the life of me, I can’t figure out why people would be so skeptical about root canals when the treatment saves your teeth. Root canals have an extremely high success rate, and depending on the amount of natural tooth structure we can salvage, a root canal can last the rest of your life.
If you need a root canal in the future, consider the benefits over the negatives. You can save your natural tooth, and you’ll have a functional tooth that will last you for years!
Make an Appointment
Our office is a comprehensive dental office that aims to give you the best care possible. That’s why we have taken the training to offer you pain-free root canal treatments. This saves you time, and you don’t have to drive all around town for your treatment. Call us today at 618-219-1412 to hear about our comprehensive services.