A root canal may be required if one of your teeth is infected. Tooth infections can occur when the enamel surrounding the interior root and pulp is damaged due to decay or an oral injury. Bacteria begin to enter the nerve-filled pulp, causing an infection, which may result in a severe toothache and other unpleasant symptoms. To save your tooth, it’s best to turn to an experienced dentist, such as Dr. Marquez, for root canal therapy.
The short answer is “no.” Unfortunately, common misconceptions lead patients to believe that root canal therapy is an extremely invasive surgery. However, this is simply not the case. The procedure is performed under a local anesthetic, and while there may be some discomfort while your tooth heals, this is typically quite minimal compared to the pain of a toothache caused by an infection.
At Altamar Dental Studio, we know that root canal therapy can seem intimidating, so we pride ourselves on taking a friendly, caring, and personal approach to every procedure. Dr. Marquez will check in on you regularly during your procedure to make sure you feel comfortable and safe, and keep you in control.
We also offer sedation dentistry to help you relax if you’re feeling nervous. We also welcome you to bring along a friend or family member for support during your procedure, if you think that this will help keep you at ease.
To begin your restorative dental treatment, Dr. Marquez will numb the affected area, then clean and disinfect the tooth, which will be isolated with a dental dam. Then, she will remove any damaged enamel and make a small opening in your tooth.
After this, the infected tissue is removed from your tooth using specialized dental tools. Once this process has been completed, the tooth will be disinfected and the empty area will be filled with a special dental material called “gutta-percha”. This material helps support the exterior enamel and structure of your tooth. Finally, a temporary filling or crown will be used to seal the tooth and protect it from further damage until a permanent crown can be placed.
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