Root Canal Therapy Prairieville, LA
There is no dental procedure that is more widely misunderstood than root canal therapy. Many patients are fearful of this procedure because it is typically associated with pain.
If you need a root canal, it is likely that you are already in pain. We want you to know – it’s not the procedure that causes your pain, but rather the infection in your tooth. Root canal therapy eliminates your infection and gets rid of your pain.
What Causes a Dental Infection?
Dental infections can be caused by a number of factors including:
- Trauma or an injury to your tooth
- Decay that has spread into the pulp or nerve of your tooth
- A fracture or crack in your tooth
- An old restoration that has broken, or is compromised and allowing bacteria into your tooth
Your infection may have started with sensitivity to hot or cold foods or beverages. Maybe you didn’t worry too much at first because the discomfort went away on its own. The next thing you know is that your tooth is hurting, and now the pain doesn’t go away. That is when root canal therapy may be necessary in order to preserve your tooth.
What Is Root Canal Therapy?
Dr. Palm will remove the infected tissue from inside your tooth during root canal therapy. This is done through a small access hole in the top of your tooth that is sealed with a temporary filling at the end of your procedure. Your tooth is given time to heal, and then you’ll return to have it strengthened with either a permanent dental filling or porcelain crown to ensure that you have all the function you had before.
Does a Root Canal Hurt?
Root canal therapy actually relieves your pain right away because Dr. Palm utilizes the best dental anesthetics to ensure that you don’t feel a thing during your procedure.
He also uses specialized electric hand tools made of nickel titanium that allow him to be more efficient during the procedure, which makes the process more comfortable for our patients.
Your comfort is always our priority at Palm Family Dentistry, so if there is anything else we can do to make your procedure more relaxed and stress free, please let us know.
Preventing the Need for Root Canal Therapy
A lot of root canals can be avoided with consistent preventative visits. Dr. Palm can detect decay in your tooth very early on during a checkup. This gives you the option to be proactive and eliminate the decay with a dental filling, which is less invasive than a root canal.