Is there anything as uncomfortable and upsetting as a major toothache? It feels so outside of our control and is made even more difficult if it is the result of an infected tooth or even a damaged tooth. Often, severe pain indicates the need for endodontic treatment, such as the famous root canal therapy. This is done by a specially trained dentist, known as an endodontist. At Lansdowne Dental Care, we can provide root canals and dental hygiene tips and treatment to help you avoid them in the future.
Root Canal Therapy: What Is It?
It is helpful to understand just what root canal therapy does, and why it is such a beneficial option. We all know that our teeth can suffer from decay. This is when the enamel of the tooth is degraded by bacteria or other materials, and a cavity forms. Cavities can be quite mild and quickly treated without a lot of difficulty.
However, there are times when decay reaches far deeper into the tooth, including the innermost area known as the pulp. Here it begins to irritate the nerve and may even cause more severe symptoms, such as an abscess outside of the root of tooth and within the gum or jaw.
When a tooth is decayed to such an extent, there are only two options – a root canal or extraction. As all of the patients at Lansdowne Dental Care know, we always want to help our patients maintain optimal oral health. That means we’ll do whatever we can to help save an adult tooth, and it could be why we recommend root canal therapy.
How Root Canal Therapy is Performed
Before we explain how we perform a root canal treatment, we should address the issue of root canal fear. Many people will gladly get cleanings, exams and even fillings without a single worry, and yet the idea of a root canal sends some into a panic. There is no reason to fear this treatment. Not only is it no more demanding than some fillings, but it is done without any pain or discomfort for the patient.
The treatment uses anesthetic to numb the tooth and gum, and then our endodontist will remove all of the decay, as well as the pulp and nerve tissue affected by it. They then seal the interior of the tooth, building it back up and typically topping it with a crown.
Clearly, when explained like this, it is difficult to see why so many people fear or even dread root canal treatment. After all, it brings a swift and permanent end to major dental pain and saves an adult tooth that was at risk for loss or extraction. Root canal therapy helps to maintain your healthy bite, ensures you speak and chew like normal and allows a tooth to look entirely natural when treated.
Of course, Drs. Tracey Nguyen, Steven Frames and the team at Lansdowne Dental Care are always committed to patient comfort and satisfaction, and so we can offer an array of advanced technologies that make root canal treatment faster and much more comfortable than ever before.
For example, we can employ our laser dentistry tools that allow our doctors to perform most hard tissue procedures without the need for injections of anesthesia and without any pain or discomfort. We also use sedation dentistry for patients who experience dental anxiety. In fact, many patients require root canal therapy because their anxiety kept them away from the office; skipping regular cleanings and checkups and allowing decay to form and spread before treatment.
As we said a bit earlier, an endodontist is a specialist who emphasizes saving the teeth. They focus on the interiors of the teeth, and have access to special skills and techniques that all emphasize the preservation of adult teeth. This is true whether the tooth has been injured and broken or is struggling because of decay and infection. They are also trained to place dental implants if a root canal is unable to save the tooth and it must be extracted.