Root canals have gotten a bad reputation for being a painful procedure. While this reputation may have been warranted in the past, patients no longer need to fear root canals in the modern day. As a result of advances in technology, painless root canals are now possible. In fact, getting a root canal is now just as comfortable as having a cavity filled thanks to improvements in anesthesia and endodontic surgery techniques.
One thing that hasn’t changed is the purpose of a root canal. Painless root canals are used to “save” an infected or severely damaged tooth. The treatment involves the removal and cleaning of the damaged nerve in order to get rid of infection and alleviate pain in the tooth.
The alternative option to a root canal is tooth removal and replacement with an implant or bridge. As compared to this, painless root canals offer a far more cost-effective and less involved way to treat a damaged tooth.
There are a variety of possible causes of tooth damage and infection. Painless root canals may be needed for:
- A deep cavity
- A cracked or chipped tooth
- A traumatic dental injury
- A tooth that has had multiple dental procedures
Leaving a damaged tooth untreated is likely to result in pain and discomfort. Further, an infection may develop without prompt treatment. Thus, it is important to see your dentist regularly to make sure any tooth issues are addressed before they become more serious.
What Happens During & After Painless Root Canals?
A root canal is an in-office procedure that can typically be completed in one or two short visits to your regular dentist. First, the damaged area of the tooth is removed and the root canal is sealed with cement. Then, a plastic or metal rod called a post and core may be added for structural support. Finally, a crown will likely be placed over the tooth to ensure that it looks natural.
In the days following a root canal, you may experience a bit of soreness in or around your tooth. Your dentist can prescribe medication to help ease any discomfort. Within a week, you should be back to normal with a fully functional rebuilt tooth and no more pain.
Sunrise Dental Performs Painless Root Canals
At Sunrise Dental, we do our best to save damaged teeth whenever possible rather than removing them. To do so, we rely on painless root canals and other advanced techniques. If you are experiencing tooth pain, allow us to help you determine the cause of your discomfort and guide you towards the best treatment option.
Whether this is root canal therapy or some other procedure, we will prioritize your comfort while providing outstanding dental care. Call 253-243-6576 today to set up an appointment at our office in Covington, WA.