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By Curt P. Posey, DDS, Inc.
June 06, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canals  

When some patients have intense tooth pain, they think that the only course of relief is to have the tooth extracted. However, the better solution in most cases is root canal therapy. Dr. Curt Posey offers this important dental treatment at his Fresno, CA dentist office. Learn RootCanalhow a root canal by Dr. Posey can save your teeth and contribute to your overall dental health. 

Why Root Canals Are Important
While some patients opt for an extraction when there’s severe dental decay, whenever possible, the ideal solution is to have a root canal so that you can keep your original tooth. You want to keep your natural teeth for a number of reasons:

  • Your teeth help keep your bone tissue healthy.
  • There’s a reduced chance of infections below the gumline (bacteria can infect an open socket).
  • It’s easier to chew and bite.
  • Keeping your natural tooth prevents the other teeth in your mouth from moving around.
  • Having a tooth extracted will require you to get future dental work to replace the missing tooth (dentures, bridgework or dental implants).

The purpose of a root canal is to help you preserve your tooth and maintain good dental health. 

Getting a Root Canal
The first step of getting a root canal is an examination including X-rays. Your Fresno dentist will examine the “root” of the problem to determine how far the tooth decay has advanced. If it can be treated with root canal therapy, one to three visits will be scheduled to complete the process. The procedure includes removing the diseased tissue, disinfecting the interior chamber, filling the tooth with a protective material and then finally capping the tooth with a crown.

No Need for Anxiety
If dental anxiety is making you hesitant to visit the dentist’s office for a root canal, keep in mind that sedation dentistry is a treatment offered at Dr. Posey's office. Dr. Posey is qualified to administer a number of sedatives to patients for dental procedures, including IV sedation. Also called sleep dentistry or deep sedation, this allows you to sleep throughout the appointment with little to no memory of the procedure. 

Schedule a Root Canal Consultation
It’s important to see your Fresno, CA dentist to talk about root canal therapy at the first sign of troubling tooth pain. Call Dr. Posey at (559) 227-6755 to schedule a consultation.

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