Root Canal Therapy
The term “root canal” inspires fear when it should inspire admiration. The root canal procedure is often the only way a badly decayed or damaged tooth can be saved. Thanks to this procedure, destructive bone loss that comes with missing teeth is avoided, as are more costly tooth replacement procedures such as bridges and dental implants.
So why are root canals associated with Pain?
Thankfully, the dental patients of today benefit from proven anesthesia, techniques, and technologies. Yet the public’s perception of root canal treatment has not evolved with modern anesthetics and technologies. Some may think of root canal therapy as it was decades ago. Very few technologies and techniques remain static for a few years, let alone for decades.
Root canal treatment is also associated with pain, because the reason you need such a procedure is often very painful. By the time the innermost part of your tooth is badly decayed, you may be in unrelenting, throbbing pain. You may have a pus-filled pocket or abscess that has caused facial swelling. This abscess can turn into an even bigger problem if allowed to spread to other parts of the body. However, the root canal treatment itself is designed to get you out of pain in no time. It is not a cause of that pain.
Why would you need a Root Canal?
At the center of your tooth is the pulp chamber. Infection or inflammation of the pulp can be caused by trauma to the tooth, deep decay, cracks and chips, or other dental procedures. You’ll know something is wrong either because you can see a visible injury or swelling of the gums near the tooth, or you’ll experience moderate to severe pain. If the tooth pain lasts for more then 10 seconds or wakes you up at night, or pain happens spontaneously you will most likely need a root canal.
Why use Smile Profile Dental?
The doctors use a non-surgical treatment to eliminate the diseased pulp. This therapy usually involves local anesthesia and may be completed in one or more visits depending on the treatment required. We can relax you with nitrous oxide or relaxation therapy. Success for this type of treatment occurs in about 90% of cases. You will be able to drive home after your treatment, and you probably will be comfortable returning to your normal routine.
After around 2 weeks, you’ll return to Smile Profile Dental to get your permanent, new tooth. Then the fun part starts: You get to enjoy a better-looking smile, free of pain.
Be sure to follow any instructions while waiting for your permanent crown to prevent reinfection, and be sure to visit Smile Profile Dental for cleanings and exams as prescribed by Dr. Kahlon and the team. Together with your friendly dental team in Katy, you can prevent the need for future Root Canal treatment, and keep your teeth looking and feeling their best.