Dental patients today are beginning to understand that modern dentistry makes procedures more accurate, efficient, and comfortable than ever before. But one myth that persists is that root canal treatment (endodontics) is painful.
At Nysa Family Dentistry, we believe this is because one symptom of an infected root canal is severe, persistent pain. But the fact is that a root canal eliminates the infection, which eliminates the pain; in other words, root canals don’t cause pain – they relieve it!
We understand your concerns, but a root canal is a necessary procedure we need to perform to save your tooth. You can be confident that our experienced team will do everything we can to support you so you can get the critical care you need.
Why a Root Canal Is Necessary
Your tooth is composed of several layers. The surface material is enamel, the hardest substance in the human body. Below the enamel is dentin, a layer of tissue that contains microscopic tubes (tubules) that talk to the nerve of the tooth. Running through the dentin is the pulp chamber that houses the nerves and blood vessels that keep the tooth alive.
Bacteria are always present on your teeth, and they feed on the sugary carbs you consume and produce acid. If you don’t brush and floss adequately, acid sits on the tooth and eats away at your dental enamel. Enamel is the hardest biological material, but it is no match for acid! Dentin is exposed, and hot, cold, or acidic foods stimulate the nerves of the tooth, causing pain.
Without treatment, decay continues to penetrate your tooth until it reaches the pulp layer, where it causes inflammation, infection, and pain. The most common reason for an infected root canal is decay, but infection can also be caused by trauma to the tooth.
If we don’t perform root canal therapy, the pain will continue to worsen, and ultimately we will need to remove the tooth.
Treating an Infected Tooth
Every member of our experienced team is sensitive to your anxiety about the procedure. We take every precaution to ensure that you are completely comfortable. Dr. Anu Amara has performed many root canals and knows how to make the process as efficient as possible.
We will offer you nitrous oxide to help you relax and an anesthetic so you don’t feel anything. During the procedure, you can sit back and listen to your favorite music or watch TV.
Dr. Amara plans treatment using a digital x-ray image of the tooth. In more complex cases, she will use our 3-D cone beam technology to scan the tooth. This valuable technology provides more information than a two-dimensional x-ray and allows for more precise treatment planning.
Dr. Amara starts by opening a small hole in your tooth to access the root canal. She uses cutting-edge rotary endodontic technology to gently and quickly remove the infected material. When the infection is cleared away, she fills the space with an inert material and seals the tooth. Since there is no more blood supplying the tooth, it will become brittle, so a crown will be needed to protect it.
Don’t Put Off Treatment – We're Here to Help!
Our goal is to preserve your healthy tooth structure for as long as possible. We know the thought of root canal treatment can cause anxiety, but please don’t let it ruin your oral health because we are here to help. If you are experiencing pain or sensitivity, please call us and we will arrange to see you as quickly, usually the same day.