Root canals might not be the most exciting dental procedure, but it’s one of the most common. A root canal procedure is necessary when the nerve of your tooth becomes infected.
During a root canal procedure, the infected tissue is removed and the gap is filled with a putty-like substance called gutta percha, preventing the area from becoming infected again in the future. You’ll then be fitted with a crown to restore the look of your natural smile.
Benefits of Root Canals
- They allow you to keep a tooth that might otherwise need to be pulled.
- They stop the infection before it leads to permanent damage
- They can improve the appearance of your tooth
- The procedure is simple and has a high success rate
Do Root Canals Hurt?
Root canals have a reputation for being a painful procedure. However, thanks to modern medicine, that’s no longer the case. You will be given an anesthetic that prevents you from feeling pain during the procedure itself, and the root canal can be completed in one appointment (although you may need to return later to be fitted with your permanent crown.)
While you might experience some discomfort after the procedure, it can be managed either through over-the-counter painkillers or prescription medications. Talk to your dentist about pain relief options if you’re concerned.
If you’d like to book an appointment for a root canal procedure, call our office today!