As living features of the human body, the teeth require consistent care to keep them healthy and secure within the mouth. If a tooth receives any type of damage, infection, or trauma, it is essential that it be evaluated and treated in order to save the tooth and prevent damage from spreading to neighboring teeth. Root canals are often the appropriate treatment for a damaged tooth. If just reading the words “root canals” caused you to feel anxious or fearful, please keep reading because your misconceptions of root canals could keep you from receiving the intervention that you need.
Root canals are not painful – damaged and infected teeth are painful! The misapprehension often surrounding root canals causes many people to avoid having the procedure done, thus compromising the health of their entire mouth. What all dental patients need to understand is that root canals are the exact procedure used to alleviate the pain that an infected or damaged tooth is causing. If treatment is put off for too long, the pain will become unbearable and the damage too great for the tooth to be saved.
Root canals are performed under local anesthesia to ensure that patients do not feel pain or discomfort throughout the procedure. Once the affected tooth area is anesthetized, the procedure follows four simple steps.
- The tooth is opened, generally from the top.
- The entire tooth is cleaned out, including the roots and any damage or infection.
- Antibiotics are administered to the tooth to prevent any infection from spreading.
- The tooth is filled and sealed to protect it from future damage.
At Clearwater Dentistry, our entire staff is dedicated to helping you achieve and maintain a healthy smile. Our practice provides the highest standard of dentistry to promote healthy teeth and gums that will sustain your smile for a lifetime. If you have any tooth or oral pain, please call our practice right away. Putting off intervention will only increase your pain and require more invasive treatment. Clearwater Dentistry is committed to delivering compassionate and comfortable dental care.