If the thought of root canal therapy terrifies you, you are not alone. It is probably one of the most feared dental procedures of all time, but the truth is that it is really not a painful or traumatic procedure. In fact, root canal therapy is actually a tool to relieve the pain caused by a badly infected or decayed tooth. Greenville, NC, dentists Dr. Laura Davila and Dr. Norberto Velazquez offer general and cosmetic dentistry services for the entire family.
Root Canal Therapy in Greenville, NC
If you're nervous (or outright terrified) about getting a root canal, you are not alone. You've probably heard the countless horror stories and jokes about what a painful and traumatic procedure it is, but the reality is very different. In fact, root canals function and feel very similar to getting a cavity filled.
First, the dentist will perform a thorough dental exam and get an x-ray of the tooth to confirm that a root canal is necessary. Root canals are performed to remove bacteria and damaged tissue from the inside of a tooth. A deep cavity or trauma can create an opening that allows bacteria to funnel into the pulp, the network of soft tissue inside each tooth, leading to inflammation and infection.
You will receive local anesthesia just like with a filling, so the pressure and discomfort you feel during a root canal procedure is minimal. The dentist will drill a small hole and clean the tooth from the inside out, removing any bacteria and damaged tissue. The tooth is then sealed and good as new!
Contrary to popular belief, root canal therapy is the best case scenario for treating a severely decayed or damaged tooth. Not only does it treat the infection and relieve the resulting pain, but it can also save the tooth from permanent damage and possible extraction down the line, which will ultimately involve more dental work and expense.
Find a Dentist in Greenville, NC
For more information about root canal therapy and to discuss your oral health and dental care needs, contact our office by calling (252) 756-7789 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Davila or Dr. Velazquez today.