Root Canal Therapy
Over the years, root canals have received a bad reputation. This is because most people associate them with pain. Let's set the record straight: Root canals are not responsible for your pain; this procedure actually relieves it. Most root canal procedures are done to relieve the pain caused by a dental infection.
Here is the truth about root canal therapy.
Why Do I Need a Root Canal?
When your tooth suffers from trauma, an injury, or decay that reaches the pulp or nerve of your tooth, it may cause an infection. Dental infections are painful, and it’s important to understand that they won’t go away without treatment. In fact, an infected tooth that is left untreated will progressively get worse, cause more pain, and may eventually have to be extracted. This is where root canal therapy can help by removing the infected tissue and preserving your natural tooth.
What Is the Procedure for Getting a Root Canal?
During root canal therapy, Dr. Sukumar will remove the diseased tissue from inside your tooth, seal it with a temporary filling, and then give it time to heal. After healing is completed, you’ll come back to our office for either a permanent filling or dental crown to build up strength in your tooth again. This treatment eliminates infection while preserving your natural tooth structure.
Will My Root Canal Hurt?
Modern dentistry has made great progress in making treatment more relaxed for patients, and the same is true for root canal therapy. Dr. Sukumar is experienced and gentle, and he uses the best dental anesthetics to ensure that you don’t feel anything during your procedure. The anesthetics actually work to immediately relieve your discomfort.
Dr. Sukumar also utilizes rotary endodontics, which employs an electric handpiece to remove the infection from within your tooth. This makes the procedure much more comfortable and efficient for our patients, and most are surprised at how easy root canal therapy can be.
Avoiding Root Canal Therapy
Believe it or not, many root canals can actually be avoided with regular cleaning and checkups. Dr. Sukumar screens you for tooth decay and cavities at every checkup, and early detection allows you to treat tooth decay with a less invasive and costly procedure such as a dental filling. Your hygienist will remove the plaque buildup that causes decay during your cleaning.
By being proactive about your oral health with routine visits to your dentist every six months, you can avoid dental infection and potentially root canal therapy.
Contact Middletown Dental
If you are experiencing dental pain, or if it’s time to schedule your next checkup appointment, give Middletown Dental a call today.