Root Canal Therapy
There is no dental procedure with a worse reputation than root canal therapy. This is because it is associated with pain, and if you need a root canal, it is likely that you are in pain because your tooth is injured or infected.
The root canal procedure, however, actually relieves your pain and eliminates your infection.
Why Do I Need a Root Canal?
A root canal is necessary to preserve a tooth whose pulp and nerve have become infected or injured. This can happen when a tooth is traumatized during an accident, when it’s fractured, or when decay has reached the nerve of the tooth and caused an infection.
When this happens, your tooth will become highly sensitive to temperature and biting pressure, and you may even experience pain or a toothache that is constant.
What Happens during a Root Canal?
Dr. Stanford is meticulous in his approach to root canal therapy, and his main concern is his patients’ comfort and the outcome of the procedure. We ensure that you are comfortable throughout the procedure and that you won’t feel a thing during your treatment by using the best anesthetics.
During root canal therapy, Dr. Stanford removes the infected tissue from inside the tooth and then cleans and medicates it. After root canal therapy is completed, your tooth is given time to heal.
Your tooth will need to be strengthened with a dental crown after it’s healed to ensure that it provides the same function you had before your injury or infection.
How to Avoid Root Canal Therapy
Many root canal procedures can be avoided when you are proactive about your preventative appointments and promptly complete treatment when it’s necessary. For example, if Dr. Stanford detects decay in your tooth during a routine checkup, treating it right away with a dental filling can typically restore your tooth in most cases. If you wait and leave it untreated, the decay will progress further into your tooth until it reaches the nerve and causes an infection.
Visiting Stanford Dental every six months for cleanings and examinations is truly your first line of defense against issues like tooth decay that can cause infection and damage your teeth.
Contact Stanford Dental
It is important to note that if your tooth is experiencing pain due to an infection, it will not go away without treatment. Contact Stanford Dental right away to be seen as soon as possible so you can avoid further infection and damage to your tooth that could result in tooth loss.
We’re here to help, and we’ll do our best to see you the same day and get you feeling well again as soon as possible.