If you have an infected tooth, the discomfort can be unbearable. Root canal therapy (RCT) is designed to relieve the pain of an infected tooth as well as save the tooth from needing an extraction. Contrary to popular belief, root canals are not painful. In fact, with today’s modern anesthetics and sedation dentistry, it is no more uncomfortable than getting a cavity filled.
For patients suffering from an infected tooth, root canal therapy is an excellent and even cost-effective general dentistry solution. If the infection progresses, the tooth would likely need to be extracted, and then replaced with a dental implant. You can trust that Exceptional Smiles at Landerbrook utilizes the latest and most advanced tools and techniques to make your root canal as comfortable and successful as possible.
Pain Relief for Infected Teeth
Why is an infected tooth so painful? When decay destroys the outer enamel layer of the tooth, it can extend into the softer dentin layer. This layer contains tiny pathways that lead to your tooth pulp, where the nerves reside. If these central nerves become irritated or infected, the body responds by sending pain signals that the tooth is in danger.
During root canal therapy, we will carefully remove the infected tooth pulp and sanitize the inner portion of the tooth. To protect the tooth against future infection, we will use a special filling material to seal it off. Many patients will require a dental crown after their root canal therapy to restore the strength and integrity of the affected tooth.
Your Comfort is a Priority
Rest assured that we perform root canal therapy with the highest attention to patient comfort. At Exceptional Smiles, we offer relaxing amenities, sedation dentistry and other tactics to help you feel at ease. Our goal is to quickly get you out of pain and restore the health of your natural tooth going forward.
Have more questions about how root canal therapy can save your tooth? Contact us today. Our Mayfield Heights office offers emergency dental care for patients in need.