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4 Encouraging Facts About Root Canals

4 Encouraging Facts About Root Canals

The mere mention of root canal treatment can trigger anxiety in people of all ages, but this apprehension is unnecessary. Root canal treatment addresses serious tooth infections and saves your teeth, and with today’s advances in dentistry, the procedure is comfortable, safe, and effective.

At Chester Family Dentistry in Warren, Ohio, dental specialists Ana M. Chester, DDS, and Amy Caicco, DDS, take pride in helping you maintain a healthy smile. We recommend root canal treatment when you have a severe dental infection.

The goal is to save your tooth. Root canal treatment has a reputation for being painful, but we want you to know that this isn’t the case. Don’t be fooled by misinformation. Root canal therapy can save your tooth and help you feel better.

We’ve gathered some important facts for you to know about this tooth-saving procedure. 

Fact #1 – Treatment is virtually pain-free

In the past, root canals were synonymous with discomfort. Fortunately, modern dentistry has come a long way. These advancements mean that root canal treatment is now a virtually pain-free procedure.

In fact, not only is root canal treatment virtually painless, but it also relieves pain. A root canal is performed when you have a serious infection that penetrates far into your tooth. If you’re visiting us at Chester Family Dentistry for root canal treatment, you’re likely in a lot of pain and discomfort from having a tooth infection.

Root canal treatment removes the infected soft tissue, which eliminates the infection and relieves pain without sacrificing your tooth. You may be surprised at how much better you feel afterward! 

Fact #2 – It saves your tooth

We reserve tooth extraction as a last resort. The goal is to keep as many of your natural teeth as possible. Even one lost tooth can cause dental problems. Teeth naturally shift forward, which can create crowding, and the lack of even bite force can weaken the area of your jawbone where the tooth is missing.

Fortunately, root canal therapy treats the infection without sacrificing your tooth. You keep your natural tooth and choose a restoration option, such as a crown, to restore the biting surface. We seal the tooth to keep the infection out, which protects your teeth.

Fact #3 – Therapy prevents further infection

An infected root, if left untreated, puts your oral health at risk. The bacteria can spread to surrounding gums and bone, and even get into your bloodstream. An abscess occurs when the tissue around your tooth becomes infected. This complication makes it more likely for the infection to continue spreading.

Bone and gum loss occurs if you get an abscess and don’t treat it right away. Root canal therapy prevents these types of complications by stopping the infection in its tracks.

Fact #4 – It’s fast and effective

You may have heard that root canal therapy is a tedious procedure that takes many hours and several visits. Today, we can perform a root canal quickly. Depending on the complexity of your case, our dental experts can perform your root canal in 60-90 minutes. 

Complex cases may require more time, but it’s no longer a lengthy process like in years past. We’ll leave you pain-free before you know it.

After your root canal, we’ll take a digital impression, and in most cases, we can have your tooth restored the same day so that you can get back to your life as usual without nagging dental pain.

There’s nothing to fear when it comes to root canal treatment. Our compassionate and dedicated team of dental professionals can help you save your tooth and alleviate your pain in the process.

To learn more about root canal treatment, and for all your dental needs, contact our Warren office to schedule a consultation with a Chester Family Dentistry provider today. We’re devoted to keeping your smile healthy and bright.

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