Endodontics Del City OK
Endodontic Treatment Doesn’t Have to Be Scary
If you are like most people, you may cringe at the mere mention of the words “root canal.” But the truth is that root canals have been getting a bad rap. Ask any dentist who provides endodontic treatment—which is the official term for treating the pulp (root canal tissue) and tissues that surround the tooth—and he or she will reassure you that it is no worse than getting a filling.
At Full Circle Dental Care, we can attest to the fact that the pain you feel up to the point where you need a root canal is far worse than the procedure itself!
Some Facts About Endodontics
Endodontics was first recognized as a specialty by the American Dental Association in 1963. Endodontic treatment—or root canal treatment—is a tooth-saving dental procedure that prevents teeth from having to be extracted in many cases. It is estimated that just about all root canal procedures successfully save the tooth.
Overall, getting a root canal is much cheaper and less time consuming in the long run than having to have a tooth extracted and replaced with a bridge, denture, or implant. Modern dental techniques have made root canals much more comfortable than they were in years past, and patients who have undergone them report that they were painless or nearly so.
What Exactly Is Root Canal Treatment?
If you are having severe tooth pain, it might be the result of an infection or inflammation deep inside the pulp of your tooth. Bacteria can get into the tooth pulp from tooth decay, gum disease, or tooth fracture, to name a few possibilities. The endodontic specialist must then remove the diseased pulp in order to prevent further infection and inflammation. This will also likely save the tooth.
A permanent restoration—a dental crown—is placed on top of the damaged tooth either the same day or a few weeks after the root canal, and the tooth will continue to function completely normally. Patients will have every reason to expect that the tooth will last for a lifetime!
What Happens After Root Canal Treatment?
As with many restoration procedures, there might be some slight discomfort following the root canal therapy and subsequent crown placement. Complications beyond that, however, are rare. But if you do experience any kind of pain or discomfort that seems out of the ordinary, you should contact our office immediately!
Find Out More About Endodontics
If you are in pain and suspect you might be in need of a root canal, remember that with today’s dental technologies, the procedure is no more painful than your garden-variety filling. Don’t let unfounded fear keep you from calling our office today! We are happy to explain the procedure to you and answer any questions you might have.