Today’s Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry post addresses one of the most feared dental procedures: the infamous root canal. If you are told that you need a root canal, don’t panic. Your dentist recommends this procedure when it is better for your tooth than the alternatives.
A successful root canal (or endodontic treatment in dental-speak) can save a tooth and prevent the need for an extraction followed by a dental bridge, dental implant, or gap in your smile.
If, after a thorough evaluation, Dr. Gray determines that a tooth is going to need a root canal, Dr. Gray will explain the procedure and costs that are involved. Root canals are executed to “>save an infected tooth. If not treated, abscesses and complete tooth loss may occur.
During the procedure, your dentist will remove the nerve and pulp, and then clean and disinfect the interior of your tooth – the canal. The next step is filling and sealing the cleaned area with a special rubbery material, and then protecting the restored tooth with a crown or filling.
Root canals have the reputation of being painful, but this is not the case anymore. There are several effective pain management methods available today at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry. From local painkillers and numbing agents to oral sedation, we will make sure you are comfortable during the procedure. Once the infected tissue is removed, your dentist will focus on helping the oral site heal, which may require another visit.
If you have a tooth that is bothering you, call Dr. Gray now at 619-337-7700 for an appointment.
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