Part of the reason people dislike root canals is the myth that it's a painful procedure, and part is due to a fear of the unknown. At Sunrise Dental of Eugene, we can change your perception of root canals and help you understand what a crucial procedure it is if you have an infected tooth.
Dr. Jiyung Kang and his team want to reassure you that a root canal is a straightforward procedure and nothing to be feared! Today we can perform root canals that are no more complex than having a tooth filled.
Why Root Canals Are Necessary
When you get a cavity in a tooth, it’s important to seek treatment right away. If you don’t, the cavity will spread and eventually enter the innermost part of the tooth.
Called the pulp chamber, this area deep in your tooth contains nerves, blood vessels, and tissue that keeps the tooth healthy and alive. If bacteria reach the pulp due to a deep cavity, fracture, or dental trauma, an infection or abscess can develop.
Any of the following symptoms can indicate that you have an infected tooth and need a root canal:
- A severe toothache
- Tender, inflamed, or swollen gums
- Jaw pain or swelling
- A raised bump or “pimple” on the gums
- An awful taste in your mouth
An infected or abscessed tooth can be extremely painful, and the only option to relieve it and save your tooth is to perform a root canal. Without treatment, the pain will worsen and the tooth will become unsalvageable and need to be removed.
An Efficient, Stress-Free Root Canal
The most popular myth about root canals is that they are painful. The fact is that it’s usually the pain of the infection that people remember most about the experience.
Root canals are not painful procedures when performed by an experienced dentist like Dr. Kang. The first step is to numb the tooth we’re treating, and we won’t begin your procedure until we know you are relaxed and ready.
Dr. Kang efficiently removes the infected pulp through a tiny access hole in your tooth. This leaves a hollow space inside the tooth that we fill with a material called gutta-percha. Our dentist then seals the tooth and places a temporary filling to protect the tooth while it heals.
The healing process takes about two weeks. We will have you return to our Eugene dental clinic, and Dr. Kang will place either a final filling or crown to protect and strengthen the tooth.
Your Comfort Is Our Priority
We understand that regardless of what we tell you, you may still feel anxious about your procedure.
Our goal is to provide a relaxing, stress-free root canal that relieves your pain and protects your long-term oral health. We offer cozy neck pillows and blankets to help you feel relaxed, and if there’s anything else we can do for you, please let us know.
At Sunrise Dental of Eugene, we make your comfort our priority!
Do You Think You Need a Root Canal?
If you have any of the symptoms listed above and suspect you may need a root canal, call our Eugene dental office as soon as possible. We see most emergency patients the same day, so if you are in pain, we will get you the relief you need as quickly as possible.