Don’t let the rumors fool you, a root canal is really no big deal.
There is something about the words “root canal” that can make people apprehensive. Sadly, this dental procedure that actually saves teeth is still getting a bad rap despite all the good it does. Are you needing a root canal? If so, our Racine, WI, dentists Dr. David Defurio and Dr. Stephen Norovich want to make sure that you understand what to expect from a root canal and why it truly is nothing to fear.
The Purpose of a Root Canal
When bacteria get inside the tooth it can infect the dental pulp. Once this happens the only way to prevent the bacteria from spreading further is for our Racine, WI, family dentist to perform a root canal. This simple procedure allows us to go inside the tooth, remove the infected pulp and disinfect the inside of the tooth to get rid of the infection.
Don’t Fear a Root Canal
Our dental team will make sure that it’s as easy and stress-free as possible. Here are some things that may squash those fears you have about your upcoming root canal treatment,
Root canals eliminate pain
This procedure isn’t going to cause you pain, in fact it is designed to get rid of your pain. An infected dental pulp can cause some pretty awful toothaches. By getting a root canal we can remove the source of your pain. You may even feel immediate relief from that horrid toothache after the procedure is over. Plus, a root canal is performed under local anesthesia, which will thoroughly numb the area we are treating.
Root canals are minimally invasive
Getting a root canal may seem like a serious and intensive procedure but it is really no more invasive than getting a cavity filled. Once the dental pulp is removed and the tooth is cleaned, we will fill the inside of the tooth and then place a dental crown over the tooth to support it. That’s all there is to it.
Root canals save teeth
If a dental infection goes untreated the bacteria can cause irreparable damage not just to that tooth but also the neighboring teeth and the jawbone. That’s why it’s so important to see a dentist the minute you notice a toothache or other problems. By getting a root canal when you need it we can actually save the tooth and prevent it from being extracted.
Whether you need a root canal or just a comprehensive checkup, our Racine, WI, dental team can ensure that you and your family get the dentistry you need for healthy smiles. To schedule an appointment with Southwest Dental Group call (262) 632-3156.