The teeth are living substances within the human body, and as such, they require care. If a tooth has been damaged, injured, decayed, or infected it is essential that it be treated in order to save the tooth and prevent damage from spreading throughout the mouth. In many cases, root canals are the appropriate treatment for damaged or infected teeth. If just reading the words “root canals” causes you feelings of anxieties, please keep reading because your misconception of root canals could keep you from receiving the treatment that you need.
Root canals are not painful – infected and damaged teeth are painful. Many people put off having a root canal procedure because they are afraid of the pain that they will feel. However, what you need to understand is that a root canal is a procedure to alleviate the pain that your infected tooth is causing. Root canals are actually what you want to have done. An infected or damaged tooth is extremely painful because the infection or damage is affecting the roots and nerves of the teeth. If left untreated, the pain will become excruciating and too much damage will occur to save your tooth.
Root canals are performed under local anesthesia in order to prevent patients from feeling pain or discomfort during the procedure. During a root canal the tooth is opened and the pulp of the tooth is extracted from the center of the tooth in order to remove the infection and/or damage. The tooth is then treated with antibiotics, filled, and then sealed in order to prevent further infection from occurring.
Dona W. Prince, DDS, and her entire dental staff are dedicated to your oral health. Our dental practice provides the highest standard in dentistry in order to promote the health of your teeth. If you have any type of dental or oral pain, please call our practice right away. It is essential to treat infection as quickly as possible so that it does not spread throughout your mouth and cause further damage. Dr. Prince is committed to providing the most compassionate and comfortable dental care during any needed dental treatment. Please contact our practice today to schedule an appointment.
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Dona W. Prince, DDS
Sioux City, IA 51106