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A root canal is a last-ditch effort to save a tooth from extraction. We may recommend a root canal if an infection has spread to the “pulpy” center of the tooth that contains nerve endings and other connective tissues. Once the infection has been removed, we fill the canals with a rubber-like material known as gutta-percha. A tooth that has received root canal treatment typically needs to be capped with a crown.
Root canals are dental procedures that repair infections in the root of the tooth. They are one of the most common treatments in dentistry and here at Thiells Dentist - Michael Bleyzer, DDS we have the tools and experienced staff to take care of any issues that may require a root canal.
Most people are terrified when they learn this procedure is needed, but with modern dentistry, there is no need to be afraid. Our top priority is the patient's comfort, and we take every measure to make sure you are comfortable while in our office.
What is a Root Canal?
Whenever there is an inflammation in the inner layer of the tooth, called the pulp, we need to clean it out and do a root canal to protect your tooth. During the procedure, our dentist will carefully drill a small hole in the affected tooth, drain the infection from its root and then seal the small hole by using special laser light.
What to Expect When You Get Root Canals
Infections in the root of the tooth are usually diagnosed with an x-ray. If we detect an infection in the pulp, we will need to take care of it before the tooth becomes impacted. Following the x-rays, we will schedule an appointment so that you can come in for a root canal.
When you arrive for the procedure, we will start by getting you numb, so you don’t feel any pain. A local anesthetic is injected, and we wait until the medicine takes effect. Once you are numb, our dentist cleans and disinfect the tooth that needs the root canal, then he drills a small hole to drain the infection. We will make sure all the infection is gone before filling the hole and sealing it permanently.
This procedure is almost routine, and sometimes the longest part of the entire process is waiting for the mouth to get numb and draining the infection.
Is There Any Pain with Root Canals?
There will be no pain during root canals because of the numbing medication we use to keep you comfortable. You may feel the pulling from the tools using to drill the tooth. Because every person is different the same amount of medication affects everyone differently, and it is important you let us know if you feel any pain and our dentist will increase the pain medication dosage.
One of our primary goals is to keep patients comfortable during dental procedures. We will do everything possible to complete the treatment quickly and painlessly.
When we mention root canals, most people get concerned, but there is no reason for it. Our experienced staff is trained and has years of practice performing root canals in our office. However, if you have any fears or concerns about this treatment, please let us know, and we can discuss additional measures to put you at ease the day of your appointment.
Root canals are essential procedures when there’s an infection in the root of the tooth and when done properly will last for a lifetime. If you want to get more information about this procedure, call Thiells Dentist - Michael Bleyzer, DDS at (845) 429-8060 today.