If you have been told you need a root canal, you are probably desperate for relief. The pain that is associated with an infected tooth can be quite disruptive and even debilitating for some. Still, the thought of having a root canal can send many patients into a state of fear or anxiety. Knowing the truth about this endodontic procedure, however, can put your mind at ease.

Root Canals Save Your Tooth

Without root canal therapy, a severely infected or decayed tooth may need to be extracted. Root canal therapy is an effective and time-tested procedure for saving teeth that are causing significant pain. When the inner nerve chamber of the tooth is compromised, either due to trauma, infection or decay, the result can be unbearable discomfort. This can be a warning sign that your tooth will die if it is not restored in a timely manner.

While a tooth extraction may seem like a more affordable and quicker solution, it will result in a missing tooth that needs to be replaced. Dental implants are far more complicated and expensive than getting a root canal.

Root Canals Offer Pain Relief

Despite your past beliefs, root canal therapy is nothing to dread or fear. In fact, the procedure is no more uncomfortable than getting a dental filling. In addition to sedation dentistry and local anesthetics, our practice also utilizes comfort injection technology to ensure your experience is as painless as possible. Root canals don’t cause pain, but they can undoubtedly eliminate it.

What to Expect

During a root canal, one of our dentists will remove the infected or diseased pulp of the tooth. The area will be disinfected and sealed with a special filling material. To help re-strengthen the treated tooth and protect it from further infection, a custom crown is typically placed following your root canal therapy. Patients who have an infected tooth generally find immediate pain relief with root canal therapy. At West Hill Family, we always educate our patients on what to expect during the procedure, and we encourage them to discuss any specific concerns they may have about their treatment plan.