Endodontic treatment is most commonly known as root canal therapy (RCT). A root canal is simply a desensitizing of the nerve and is often needed when an infection is severe enough that it reaches the root of the tooth and causes excruciating pain. Most people are familiar with root canals from depictions on TV or in movies, second-hand knowledge, or horror stories they have heard. In reality, endodontic treatment has become less painful and less invasive as technology has evolved.
At Lynn Dental Care, Dr. Lynn provides a variety of dental services, one of which is provided in order to save a patient’s natural teeth is endodontic treatment.
What is the Endodontic Treatment? Does it hurt?
With the age of new technology, root canals have become a simple procedure that is often no more invasive or severe than other treatment such as crowns and fillings. During the endodontic treatment process, the patient is brought in to the office and the area around the tooth is numbed. A Dentist will then deaden the nerve of the tooth that is causing pain, fills the tooth so that it is smooth, and the patient is perfectly fine to go home or back to work. The mouth is completely numb, ensuring that minimal pain is felt during the procedure.
What are the benefits of endodontic treatment?
The field of endodontics focuses on the nerve within a tooth. Since the root of a tooth is what anchors it into the arch, it is important that it remains as part of the tooth. RCT allows dentists to save a tooth rather than extracting it in most cases. In this way, the treatment is less invasive and often less painful than having a tooth extracted as once a tooth is extracted, it requires an implant or bridge to fill the space. Endodontic treatment is often cheaper than alternative treatment as well, as it saves the tooth so that it does not need to be extracted and replaced. In the end, RCT is the best option to try before more drastic measures.
Lynn Dental Care understands that endodontic treatment is often misunderstood or misrepresented, and that there is often unnecessary fear of the treatment. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about available treatment options.