For many, the words “root canal” fill them with dread. They imagine a painful dental procedure. However, root canals are actually not that bad. Dr. Russell Anderson prioritizes his patients’ comfort, offering a calm, relaxing, and pleasant experience to those undergoing root canal therapy. You’ll be surprised at how easy a root canal treatment can be.
What’s Inside a Tooth?
A normally developed tooth consists of three layers: the enamel, the dentin, and the pulp. The pulp is the innermost layer and contains live tissues and nerves.
What Creates the Need for a Root Canal?
When the pulp becomes damaged or diseased, whether through decay, trauma, or bacterial infection, it must be removed and the space must be cleaned. An infected tooth should not be left in the mouth. It can cause severe pain, the need for tooth extraction, and other oral health complications.
What Happens during Root Canal Treatment?
A root canal involves removing the nerve, cleaning the root canal space, and filling it with a medicated material. Dr. Anderson will provide local anesthesia and sedation dentistry, if desired, to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure.
What to Expect after a Root Canal
After your root canal treatment, we will provide you with instructions and medication to help you remain comfortable during your brief recovery. A few weeks later, we will install a crown placement over the affected area.
A dental crown is necessary after a root canal to fortify the tooth and restore it to its original strength and appearance. The crown will protect your tooth from future issues and give you back your bite strength. It will also boost your self-esteem about your smile!
Do you have questions about root canal treatment for you or a loved one? Contact our office today to schedule a consultation with our compassionate dentist, Dr. Russell Anderson.