Root Canal Therapy
Root canals have had a bad reputation over the years since they are often associated with pain. If you’ve been told you need root canal therapy, chances are good that you are probably in pain.
But what you should know is that the pain you are feeling is actually caused by an infection in your tooth. Root canal therapy eliminates the infection and gets you out of pain as soon as Dr. Sigman numbs your tooth.
Why Do I Need a Root Canal?
When the nerve of your tooth becomes infected, it not only causes severe pain, but also poses a threat to your surrounding teeth and other critical areas of your body. It’s also important to know that a dental infection will not get better without treatment, so please don’t wait to seek help thinking that your condition will improve. A dental infection that is left untreated will eventually result in tooth loss.
What Is a Root Canal?
During root canal therapy, Dr. Sigman will remove the infected tissues from inside your tooth through a small access hole at the top. After the infection is eliminated, your tooth will be closed with a filling and allowed time to heal.
After it’s completely healed, your tooth will need to be strengthened with a permanent filling or crown to ensure that it is as strong as it was before.
Does This Procedure Hurt?
At Gateway Dental, making you comfortable is our primary goal. Dr. Sigman uses the best dental anesthetics available to ensure that your tooth is numb and you won’t feel anything during your procedure.
He also uses electric hand tools that are made of titanium, which is much more flexible and comfortable for patients than the stainless-steel instruments used in the past. Because they’re electric, these tools also work faster, ensuring that the process is more efficient for our patients.
Avoiding Root Canal Therapy
Did you know that you can actually avoid many root canals? With regular cleaning and checkup appointments, Dr. Sigman is able to make you aware of tooth decay and other concerns with your teeth early on.
If you remove decay in its early stages, we are typically able to restore your tooth with a filling. It is when decay is ignored and allowed to progress that it moves into the root of your tooth and causes an infection.
Getting on a regular and consistent routine of visiting your dentist every six months for cleaning and checkup appointments is your best defense against conditions like tooth decay and gum disease.
Contact Gateway Dental
If you or a loved one is experiencing dental pain or has been told that a root canal is needed, please contact your team at Gateway Dental to be treated as soon as possible.