If you have recently been told that you need a root canal, you are not alone. In fact, it is estimated nearly 15 million root canals are performed each year, making it among the most commonly needed dental procedures. However, while root canals are quite common, many are hesitant to undergo the procedure due to the fear of pain. In the past, root canals were a bit painful. Now, advancements in dentistry make standard root canals no more uncomfortable or painful than a traditional dental filling. At Pelican Landing Dental, we provide comfortable root canal therapy in Bonita Springs, FL.
Why are Root Canals Needed?
Root canals are recommended when a tooth has become severely damaged, decayed or infected. Essentially, a root canal removes the area of damage to save a tooth from extraction. By removing the damage and the pulp of the tooth, the health of the tooth is restored. Then, a dental crown is placed over the tooth to restore the tooth’s function and appearance.
How is a Root Canal Performed?
A root canal is an endodontic treatment to remove the pulp of the tooth, which is the inner layer of the tooth. When a tooth has severely broken, suffered extensive decay, or the pulp of the tooth has become infected, the tooth must be treated to stop the progression of damage. Using a local anesthetic, your dentist in Bonita Springs, FL will remove the pulp of the tooth and other areas of damage.
In the past, this required drilling, which was quite painful. However, now new advancements allow for the process to be virtually pain-free. With the use of lasers and smaller, flexible drills and tools, there is very little pain. After the areas of damage and pulp have been removed, the inside of the tooth is sterilized to prevent infection. Then, the tooth is sealed to prevent any additional damage. Finally, a custom-made dental crown is placed over the tooth to protect the tooth from potential infection. Not to mention, the crown will restore the tooth’s full function and your smile’s appearance.
How Painful is the Recovery?
Using new dental advancements, there is virtually no recovery time and you will experience very minor discomfort. Immediately following the procedure, you should not bite or chew on the tooth until any pain or discomfort have subsided. In addition, you will need to practice proper oral hygiene. While the dental crown is not subject to decay, the underlying tooth is still susceptible. Pay extra careful attention when cleaning around the edges of the crown to ensure the underlying tooth remains protected from damage.
Your Dentist for Pain-Free Root Canals
At Pelican Landing Dental, we understand that root canals have a bad rap. We use the latest techniques and dental advancements to reduce the discomfort of root canals as much as possible. With our experience in restorative dentistry and the most advanced dental technologies, your root canal therapy will be virtually pain-free.
If you are in need of a root canal, please contact our office to schedule a consultation.
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