The American Association of Endodontists, state root canal therapy is the most feared dental procedure of all. In our society, that is not surprising. Root canals have been indicated as being painful and unbearable. Despite this stigma, root canal therapy is an overall pain-free, quick and comfortable procedure. In fact, after having a root canal, you pain should subside and can also prevent other complicated dental and overall health issues down the road. Here at Kane Family Dentistry, we can put your fears at ease.
What is a Root Canal?
A “root canal” is a term used to describe the natural cavity in the center of a tooth. This specific area contains a soft area known as the pulp chamber which is where all the nerves for the tooth are housed. If this area becomes irritated or infected due to cavities, trauma or decay, root canal therapy would be necessary. If this is left untreated, the infection can cause an abscess, which can lead to swelling of the face and neck, bone loss around the roots of teeth, and can affect your general overall health.
Symptoms of a Root Canal Issue:
- Severe tooth pain and sensitivity to hot or cold that lingers
- Swollen, tender gums
- Tooth becomes discolored
- A small, pimple like bump on the gums
Root Canal Therapy Procedure:
During your appointment, you and Dr. Kane will discuss the details of the procedure and he will answer any question you may have. The area around the infected tooth is numbed, isolated and kept sterilized from bacteria. Dr. Kane will access the canal to remove the infected tissue. Once everything is cleaned out a rubber filling material is put in for replacement. The tooth is then built back up and will be prepared for a crown.
Don’t continue to live in discomfort or let your fears get the best of you! Call Kane Family Dentistry today, and receive relief in a comfortable, relaxing, pain-free environment!!
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