Unfortunately, hearing the words “root canal” gives many people anxiety. However, contrary to its bad reputation, this crucial dental procedure is relatively painless and fast. Learn more about why you shouldn’t fear the root canal with your dentists at Western Slope Dental in Grand Junction, CO.
When is a root canal necessary?
If you have a toothache, a root canal is probably necessary. Tooth decay slowly eats through the tooth, beginning on the outer enamel layer and, eventually, reaching the tooth’s inner pulp chamber and nerve. A root canal cleans infected or decayed tissue from the tooth’s pulp chamber and removes the tooth’s nerve. This deadens the tooth, preventing it from feeling pain. By removing the infected pulp, a root canal clears out the infection, leaving your tooth healthy.
Don’t Fear the Root Canal
After determining you require a root canal, the very first thing your dentist will do is numb the area of the tooth. This ensures that you will feel no pain during your procedure. Since the procedure removes your tooth’s nerve, it actually eliminates the chance that it will hurt after the procedure as well. You may walk into your dentist’s office with a sore tooth, but you will walk out pain and infection free.
Root Canal Therapy in Grand Junction, CO
Root canal therapy begins with numbing the mouth. After the anesthetic has set in, your dentist will make a small access hole on the top of your tooth. Your dentist then removes any infected tissue and the tooth’s nerve using specialized equipment. After removing the infected portions of the tooth, your dentist scrubs the inside of the tooth all the way down into the roots to ensure that no infection remains. Most root canals require that patients receive a dental crown on the affected tooth to support and protect it.
For more information on root canals, please contact Dr. Brandon Berguin and Dr. Kira Funderburk at Western Slope Dental in Grand Junction, CO. Call (970) 241-3483 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!