There’s Nothing To Fear If You Understand Root Canals
Root canals are quite possibly the most feared dental treatment that exists because urban myths and pop culture references have misrepresented the procedure for decades. If you’re in significant dental pain, call Northwest Dental Group at 507-216-6252 to find out if your tooth is infected and could be helped with gentle root canal therapy!
Regardless of which of our two Rochester, MN dentist offices you visit, Dr. Katie Post or one of our other talented dentists can relieve your dental pain quickly with a variety of dental treatments.
So you can understand why your smile is damaged and how we plan to address the problem, we will answer any questions you have and explain the various treatments that could help relieve your discomfort and allow you to regain your beautiful smile and strong bite.
Contrary to popular belief, a root canal is no more uncomfortable than a simple tooth filling. In fact, while most people assume that root canals are painful, they are actually intended to stop the cause of dental pain so you can get back to living your life normally. With our help, you’ll be able to smile without feeling self-conscious about smile damage and chew comfortably again.
Learn The Basics Of Root Canals And Why You May Need One
A root canal may become necessary if the soft tissue and nerves (pulp) inside of a tooth become infected or inflamed. Pulp can be damaged in a number of different ways. Here are just a few:
- A cavity that grows to the point that it actually penetrates the enamel of a tooth and starts affecting the pulp inside
- A dental injury or trauma
- A significant crack or chip to a tooth
- A tooth that has undergone repeated dental treatments
- A large tooth filling that fails to keep out further tooth decay
In the past, many dentists might be a little “extraction happy” and perform a tooth removal when faced with an infected tooth. But at Northwest Dental Group, we will do everything we can to preserve your natural teeth if that is an option. This will save you money in the long run and prevent you from enduring the potentially slow healing process following an extraction.
You may be wondering why it’s such a big deal if a tooth is infected. To put it very simply, an infection in a single tooth could affect the health of your jawbone and the surrounding teeth as well if left unchecked. You could go from having one damaged tooth to having a widespread problem across your whole smile!
To prevent an infection from wreaking havoc on a tooth and even the rest of your smile, we will perform a gentle root canal treatment. We will explain the process to you in as much detail as you would like, but here are the basic steps of a root canal treatment. If you visit us in need of a root canal, we will:
- Use our state-of-the-art dental technology, including digital X-rays and intraoral cameras, to thoroughly assess your situation and plan your procedure
- Numb your mouth with an anesthetic so you won’t feel a thing
- Make a small hole in the enamel of your tooth
- Remove the infected pulp from inside your tooth using special techniques and instruments
- Fill the cavity left by your removed tooth pulp with an inert material so the tooth is not hollow
- Seal your tooth
Depending on your particular case, we may also attach a dental crown to provide added strength and protection for your tooth following your root canal.
Because we want your treatments to be as efficient and convenient to you as possible, we have invested in a cutting-edge CAD/CAM milling machine that can make custom same-day dental crowns! You’ll walk in needing to repair your tooth and leave our office with a strong, beautiful addition to your smile.
If all that doesn’t put you at ease, we can also provide various comfort options to improve your experience, including:
- Warm blankets
- Cozy pillows
- TVs and headphones in every care room to help entertain and distract you
Stop dealing with dental pain and call Northwest Dental Group at 507-216-6252 to schedule a consultation to find out if you need a root canal. You can also visit one of our Rochester, MN dentist offices in person or use our handy online form to schedule or ask questions.