Few dental procedures are saddled with a reputation as negative as the root canal’s. In fact, in popular parlance, this tooth-saving therapy has become synonymous with something to be feared.
The truth is that a root canal is no more uncomfortable or invasive than getting a regular old filling. The truth is that a root canal may save your tooth. The truth is that a root canal may in fact stop your tooth pain.
So don’t fear a root canal. At Attleboro Family Dental Care of Attleboro, MA, we will only recommend the procedure if there is good reason for it. We will explain why exactly you need one and what to expect, step by step. And you will leave our office pain free and with a healthy, beautifully restored smile. If you’ve been experiencing tooth pain or are due for a checkup, call 508-552-4222 or fill out our online contact form.
Why Might I Need a Root Canal?
A root canal is a treatment that saves your natural tooth in case of infection, severe decay, certain traumatic injuries, or multiple procedures that have weakened the tooth. These are all circumstances that will cause you to lose your tooth if not treated. A root canal enables you to save your natural smile and bite and, with proper care, can last a lifetime.
What Will Happen During the Root Canal Process
A root canal is a fairly straightforward restorative dentistry procedure that most patients say is no more uncomfortable than getting a filling. Here is what you can expect when you come to our office for your root canal.
- We will thoroughly numb your mouth so you don’t feel a thing. We will isolate the area with a rubber dental dam to keep the tooth dry and clean.
- We will drill a small hole in your tooth to access the pulp. The dentist will use a suction tool to remove all the diseased material inside the tooth. Once the chamber is clean of infection, we will fill it with an inert material called gutta-percha, which adds strength to the tooth and prevents bacteria from sneaking back inside.
- We will fill the hole and usually complete the procedure with a crown that perfectly matches your natural smile.
Goodbye, Dental Pain.
Perhaps one reason root canals have the unfair reputation of causing pain is that people who need one tend to have a tooth infection, are already in significant pain, and tend to mistakenly attribute their discomfort to the procedure rather than their diseased pulp. Also, back before modern dentistry techniques and cutting-edge equipment, root canals (and other procedures) were likely more invasive and time consuming than they are today.
Regardless, a modern root canal is more likely to end your pain than cause it. And it will save your tooth.
If you live in the Attleboro area and have been experiencing tooth pain or you are due for your twice-yearly cleaning and exam, contact Attleboro Family Dental Care today to book an appointment. Call 508-552-4222 or fill out our online form and we will get back to you promptly.