Root Canal Pain
Root canal is performed to stop the pain and infection associated with damaged pulp after severe tooth decay or physical trauma has occurred. Although this treatment is often effective at letting patients keep those teeth and avoid complications of tooth loss, myths about root canal pain persist in driving fear of the procedure. Here is a look at why root canal is virtually painless and how our dentist performs the procedure.
The Truth about Painful Root Canals
Stories about root canal pain are based on outdated root canal techniques and confusion with the pain of tooth pulp infections. In fact, root canal can be compared with filling placement in terms of the discomfort caused. Furthermore, because root canal eliminates the infected pulp that is causing pain, it actually alleviates discomfort instead of promoting it.
How Root Canal Is Done
Our dentist anesthetizes the treatment area before beginning root canal, ensuring that the procedure is painless. After drilling a hole in the tooth to access the pulp, our dentist scrapes out the infected tissue and replaces it with medicated packing material. Finally, our dentist places a barrier and filling, finally capping the tooth with a crown to support appearance, strength and resistance to infection.
With anesthesia and modern endodontic techniques in use at our office, patients do not need to worry about root canal pain. If patients are still anxious about the treatment, however, they can ask about sedation options. To learn more about root canal treatment and how pain is prevented during the procedure, patients can schedule a consultation with our Los Angeles endodontist.
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