At Smithson Valley Family Dentistry, your health and happiness is our top priority. We’ve all heard stories of “the dreaded root canal” and it’s often used as a comparison for something you would really rather not do. Thankfully, root canals have come a long way in recent years with advancements in techniques and technology, and today they’re usually no more uncomfortable than having a cavity filled. Trust us, the pain of an infection left untreated will be far worse than the treatment itself, so you should come see us right away—we’ll get you out of pain and take great care of you.
Are you suffering from a toothache? Have you noticed signs of infection like swelling, bleeding, or a bad taste in the mouth? These are all signs of a potential infection within a tooth, and you should come see us right away if you notice them. The longer you wait, the worse the infection will get, and a root canal can potentially save the tooth from needing to be extracted—which is always our goal!
A root canal is a very common dental procedure that’s used to remove an infection from within a tooth. We will use a local anesthetic to numb the area and ensure you don’t feel a thing. Once you are numb, Dr. Wright will make a small access hole in the tooth, through which he will use specialized instruments to carefully remove the infection.
Once the infection is removed, the chamber is sterilized and filled to prevent further infection. To seal the deal, the process is usually finished with a porcelain crown to protect the work done and restore the tooth to its full health and function. See, that wasn’t so bad!
Most root canals are non-surgical, however, for more complex cases, endodontic surgery may be necessary. If you’ve noticed any of the above signs of infection, you should come see us as soon as possible!