Root canal— what’s your first reaction and feelings to those two, little innocent words? Fear? Worry? Anxiety? Are you running the other way?
At Wayzata Dental, we will ease your fears, worries, and anxieties! Our experienced and highly qualified dentists perform root canals with speed, efficiency, and precision. We do everything we can to minimize your time in the chair, and keep you as comfortable as possible.
What is the purpose of root canal treatment?
The purpose of root canal treatment is to repair or save the deeply decayed tooth that is damaged from fillings, cracks, or trauma. Since these things often lead to infection, we recommend treating these problems as soon as they are detected.
To understand the root canal procedure, you must be able to differentiate between two parts of the tooth—the pulp and the root canal.
- The root canal is the pathway located in the tooth’s center that is responsible for housing the pulp, or nerve.
- This soft area called the pulp transports oxygen and nutrients to the root and the rest of the tooth.
The problem occurs when the tooth contracts a deep cavity, fracture, or other traumatic problem. Now the harmful bacteria can gain access into the canals, thereby infecting the healthy pulp. If the patient doesn’t get treated right away, the infection will worsen, causing the pulp to die. This is what causes an abscess, which is an infection of the bone at the end of the root.
The root canal procedure
To prevent this often extremely painful and unhealthy outcome, the patient’s tooth is completely numbed. The pulp and nerve are removed so that we can clean and re-seal the inside of the tooth where the problem exists.
The next step involves placing a special filling into the roots and rebuilding the tooth’s core. When complete, a temporary, tooth-colored crown (until your permanent one is created) is placed to seal the top of your tooth.
Sedation dentistry for root canal therapy
At Wayzata Dental, we will ease your fears, worries, and anxieties!
Three types of sedation are offered: Nitrous oxide (laughing gas), oral sedation, or IV sedation. Depending on several variables (medical history and current medications, etc), our trained dentists will choose and deliver the sedation dentistry method that is best for your health and your comfort.
- Our dentists have extensive training to safely and effectively deliver the medication used in sedation dentistry.
- However, most of our patients are actually amazed at how quick and easy we make the procedure!
- If you need a root canal, don’t wait, even though every bone in your body is probably telling you to!
- If the infection worsens, it can cause serious damage and pain.
- We recommend acting fast since the heavy decay can lead to infections and other health-related problems.
Simply put, our experience and skills, along with sedation dentistry, will make your root canal procedure more comfortable and anxiety-free! If you would like to speak with us about root canals or to schedule your appointment, feel free to contact us.