Root Canal Therapy
How We Get Rid of Dental Pain
To say that root canal therapy has a bad reputation would be an understatement. This procedure is often synonymous with pain and unpleasant experiences, but in truth, it’s actually one of the best tools dentists have to relieve dental pain and save severely damaged teeth from extraction. If you have a severe toothache that just won’t go away, a root canal could be exactly what you need, and we guarantee it will be nothing to fear.
Why Choose Dr. William Eick for Root Canal Therapy?
- Painless thanks to local anesthetic & sedation
- Able to relieve severe dental pain in just one visit
- More than 20 years of experience
Your teeth contain several layers: the outer protective enamel, a secondary layer of sensitive dentin, and an inner pulp that contains components commonly referred to as the "nerve" of the tooth. Each pulp chamber branches off, forming canals that lead toward the tooth root tip. These infamous root canals provide a means for the tooth to absorb what it needs from the blood and get rid of toxins or other unnecessary materials via the blood stream. A deep cavity, traumatic injury, or tooth fracture can make the canal susceptible to bacterial infection, which can kill the pulp, stimulate increased blood flow, and create pressure within the tooth. This can cause severe tooth pain and may initiate bone degeneration, tooth loss, and even more acute pain. If you see a dentist in the earliest stages of this condition, the tooth may be saved with a root canal. Otherwise, it should be extracted and replaced with a prosthetic.
Easy Does It
Will root canal therapy hurt? Not with today's advanced analgesics and technology. In fact, the entire process can be so comfortable that many patients doze off. Oftentimes, root canal therapy can be completed in a single appointment. We simply clean out the diseased canal, fill it with a biologically-inert substance, seal it from further infection, and you're on your way. While some patients experience post-procedural soreness or slight tissue inflammation, these are controllable with over-the-counter analgesics. Follow-up care involves thorough home hygiene and regular dental visits for cleanings.