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Sometimes called endodontic therapy, a root canal can relieve the pain felt caused by an infected or damaged tooth. This pain actually stems from the root of the tooth where a nerve or blood vessel may be infected. A diseased or severely decayed tooth can become inflamed or infected and result in a toothache, sometimes extreme. Despite its negative reputation, a root canal is a very basic procedure that should not be feared. It can relieve that excruciating tooth pain in one visit to your dentist’s office!
A root canal is an alternative to tooth extraction that can save the tooth while also ending the associated pain. Root canals also improve the overall look of your smile while making your tooth stronger than before with increased protection against disease-causing bacteria. Though it is deep inside the tooth, if you need a root canal you may notice discoloration, heat sensitivity, or pain in the gums and jaw. If you experience any of these symptoms, please consult your dentist about the possibility of a root canal.
The procedure involves drilling into the surface of the tooth to remove infection directly from the root of the tooth, then filling it in with a sterilized substance to lock out any further infection. They procedure is quick and will relieve the most extreme toothaches nearly instantly. With proper oral care, a root canal should last you a lifetime. Here at Rocky Point Smiles, local anesthesia is used to make the procedure pain free. Our primary concern will always be your comfort and satisfaction, so please inform Dr. Bush or your hygienist of any hesitations you may have when undergoing a root canal procedure. We can assure you that you are in good hands!