A root canal provides a treatment option for serious tooth and gum infections. While root canals tend to have a bad name, they provide a way to repair and save your natural tooth. Also, modern dentistry techniques and technology have made them easier and more pain-free than ever.
At Reed Family Dental, we do not refer patients elsewhere for root canals. We include endodontics within our in-house dental services for our community. Our team is here to ease your concerns about a root canal and help you feel as comfortable as possible.
When Are Root Canals Needed?
If a severe infection infiltrates a tooth, it can spread to the layer of pulp that makes up the interior of the tooth. This part of the tooth includes nerves and blood vessels, and can create pain and other difficult symptoms when it’s infected.
You may show signs of an infection, such as severe pain, sensitivity to hot and cold, swelling or a sore. Even if you have just one of these symptoms, come see us so we can figure out the problem and help to solve it. Treatment helps the symptoms go away.
Our dentist, Dr. Allison Reed, can perform an exam to determine if the cause is an infection or another problem. A root canal provides a treatment that can save an infected tooth, take away your difficult symptoms and restore your oral health. By fixing the tooth, you restore the strength and appearance of a natural tooth, and you prevent the problem from worsening.
What Is the Root Canal Process?
At our office, our team generally starts the process with a digital X-ray that helps our dentist see exactly how far the infection has spread. Dr. Reed talks to you about the procedure and educates you on what to expect.
During the procedure, our dentist numbs the area so you won’t feel anything as she creates an opening in the tooth and takes out the infected parts. She cleans, fills and seals the tooth, and may add a crown if needed to boost the tooth’s integrity. This is a common procedure that many people have done every year.
Is a Root Canal Painful?
The tooth infection is the painful part, and the root canal actually makes the pain go away. It’s not something to be nervous about, as it treats the problem and stops it from getting even worse. As for the procedure itself, it is similar to a filling, which is a common procedure that is not very painful.
At our office, we use anesthesia and modern technology to ease the process and make it as quick and pain-free as possible. Our team members also help you feel comfortable at all times.
Make an Appointment With Us
Start with a consultation appointment at our office. This session allows our dentist to provide an exam and better understand the situation. She uses these appointments to educate and discuss your options with you, during which time she may recommend a root canal.
To set up your consultation appointment, contact our warm receptionist by calling 740-622-5695.