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By Curt P. Posey, DDS, Inc.
February 18, 2022
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

Five words no one welcomes: “You need a root canal.” But if you are delaying treatment because you are worried about pain and an uncomfortable day in the dentist’s chair, please think again! Modern root canal procedures are designed to repair your damaged tooth gently and efficiently and leave you with a restored natural tooth that can last a lifetime. Dr. Curt Posey in Fresno, CA, is a professional who can guarantee you the utmost care. 

Why might you need a root canal?

First, a little tooth biology. Each tooth has a crown (the part we see above the gums) and one or more roots (the part of our tooth below the gum line that is attached to the bone in our jaw). The tooth has three basic layers: the hard enamel and cementum that cover the outer crown and root, the softer dentin beneath that layer, and, on the inside, the pulp. Pulp is made of living tissue and contains the blood vessels and nerves that nourish the tooth and keep it vital.

Even with the protection the enamel and dentin provide, sometimes the pulp can be infected or damaged. If you have suffered an injury to your mouth or jaw, or an infection has developed from an opening in the tooth caused by a deep cavity or crack, you may need a root canal to prevent further infection, pain, and even tooth loss. Call our office immediately if you feel pain with chewing or pressure, prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold, swollen, and tender gums around a tooth, or tooth discoloration.

The Root Canal Procedure

If a root canal is necessary, the procedure is very straightforward. After the area around the tooth is numbed, we will make an opening in the crown to allow access to the pulp inside. Very small instruments will be used to clean the inner tooth and remove bacteria and dead or dying tissue. The area will be thoroughly disinfected, and the inside shaped and then filled and sealed. A temporary filling or crown might be placed on the tooth to prevent bacteria and food from entering the site if a permanent crown needs to be created. The entire process usually takes from one to three visits.

If we suggest a root canal, it is because this is the best way to save your tooth. Please feel free to talk to us about your particular needs and concerns. Which tooth is affected, how many roots are involved, what type of filling or crown might be best—we will work with you to provide all the information you need and all the options you have available.

Common Concerns

Are you concerned about pain?

The most painful part of a root canal is often the severe discomfort your tooth causes before treatment. And infections and damaged nerves can affect not only the injured tooth but the gums, tissue, and even bone surrounding it. With our modern dental techniques, a root canal procedure is often no more uncomfortable than a regular filling. The local anesthetic we use will prevent you from feeling any pain during the procedure, and, while the area around your tooth might be a bit sensitive following treatment, the pain caused by the infection or injury should be gone.

Are you anxious about the procedure?

If our dental treatment causes you anxiety, please let us know. There are several sedation options we can pursue to make this procedure less worrisome. Our goal is to make your treatment as gentle and comfortable as possible.

No one welcomes the news that a root canal is necessary, but with today’s procedures, this treatment can be just what you need to relieve your pain and keep your natural tooth where it belongs for many years to come. Dr. Curt Posey in Fresno, CA, is available by appointment when you call (559) 227-6755.

By Curt P. Posey, DDS, Inc.
January 19, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

What you think you know about getting a root canal could be completely wrong!

We know that no one likes to hear the statement, “You need a root canal”. Unfortunately, for many, a root canal is needed in order to save a tooth. We don’t quite know why root canals have gotten such a negative image, but our Fresno, CA, dentist Dr. Curt Posey is here to dispel those negative beliefs and to provide some clarity on why root canals are performed and why they really aren’t anything to stress over.

Root Canals Don’t Cause Pain

If you search the Internet you can find negative stories for just about everything; however, we also know that these stories deter people from getting the dental care they need. If you need a root canal, chances are fairly good that you’re in a decent amount of pain.

You’ll be happy to hear that a root canal is designed to remove the source of your pain, not cause it. Some people even notice immediate relief after their procedure. While it’s natural to experience a little pain and discomfort after any dental procedure, over-the-counter pain relievers are often enough to ease your symptoms.

Root Canals are Complicated and Complex Procedures

Root canals might sound like a lot of work, and a lot of time sitting in our chair, but as our Fresno, CA, family dentist will tell you—getting a root canal is no more invasive or complex than getting a tooth filled. The only difference is how the procedure is performed. You won’t be sitting in our chair for hours! In fact, the average length of a root canal is between 30-60 minutes.

Root Canals Kill the Tooth

The reason a root canal is performed is to go inside the tooth to remove the inflamed or infected dental pulp. A root canal will clear out the infection and bacteria inside the tooth; however, it does not kill the tooth. Your tooth is still viable and healthy, even after a root canal. We will simply need to place a dental crown over the tooth to protect the natural tooth from further damage.

Do you have questions about getting root canal therapy from our Fresno, CA, dentist? Are you dealing with a toothache that requires an immediate evaluation? If so, call us today at (559) 227-6755 to schedule an appointment.

By Curt P. Posey, DDS, Inc.
March 26, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

Find out if your symptoms require an immediate trip to the dentist’s office.

We know that no one wants to hear that they need a root canal; however, it’s definitely better to find out and get the proper treatment you need rather than needing to have the tooth extracted later on. Through root canal treatment, our Fresno, CA, dentist Dr. Curt Posey can preserve your natural teeth and prevent tooth loss.

Here are some warning signs that you certainly should never ignore,

Dental pain: Most people who require root canal treatment will visit our Fresno, CA, family dentist complaining of severe pain. An intense, throbbing toothache is typically the first sign. You may also notice that the pain gets worse when biting down or putting pressure on the tooth. Of course, even a minor toothache could still mean that you need a root canal. Your dentist should immediately check out any dental pain, no matter the severity.

Tooth sensitivity: If you’ve never experienced tooth sensitivity before but you suddenly notice that one or your teeth are particularly sensitive to hot or cold foods and drinks then this is another sign of an infected dental pulp. Even once you’ve stopped drinking or eating you may still notice lingering sensitivity.

Swollen, inflamed gums: While inflamed gums are usually a sign of gum disease, if you notice that the gums are only inflamed, swollen and tender around a particular tooth then this could be another warning sign of an infected or inflamed dental pulp. In some cases, an abscess may also develop on the gums. This is a classic sign of infection and requires immediate dental care.

Tooth discoloration: Once the tissue inside the tooth begins to decay this can cause your tooth to appear grey or suddenly darker normal. This discoloration won’t usually occur until weeks or even months after the dental pulp has become infected.

If you or a loved one is dealing with a toothache it’s important to act fast. Our Fresno, CA, dentist Dr. Curt Posey offers root canal treatment and other restorative dentistry treatments, as well as sedation dentistry to make getting dental care a little more stress-free. Call us today at (559) 227-6755 to learn more.

By Curt P. Posey, DDS, Inc.
March 05, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

What could be worse than a throbbing toothache? You want relief, but the words "root canal" can seem daunting. Luckily, your Fresno Root Canaldentist, Dr. Curt Posey, helps scores of individuals with tooth pain, and if you need root canal therapy, he provides care that is both comfortable and effective. Root canals stop toothaches and preserve a tooth for years—read below to learn more!


What is a root canal?

Root canal therapy removes inflamed and diseased pulp from inside a tooth. In root canal cases, blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue that have been damaged through injury, infection, or decay have broken down and become inflamed and infiltrated with bacteria. Pressure builds up inside the tooth and results in:

  • Throbbing pain
  • Jaw and gum swelling
  • Red, tender gums
  • Discolored tooth enamel
  • Dental sensitivity
  • Drainage and pus
  • Bad breath

Accomplished in two visits to your dentist's Fresno office, root canal therapy cleans and disinfects the tooth, seals it, and crowns it. In short, treatment fully restores the tooth, sparing it from extraction and you from the needless problems of tooth replacement, bone loss, impaired oral function, and more.

The treatment
Dr. Posey looks at the tooth and X-rays it to determine if root canal therapy would be effective. If the answer is yes, he numbs the tooth with local anesthetic and drains all infected material from the inside canal, after which the tooth is cleaned and sealed. Then, he places a filling or temporary cap over the tooth to protect it as it heals.

After a week to ten days, you'll return to the office. Dr. Posey will check the health of your tooth, and if all is OK, he'll remove the cap and install a natural-looking porcelain crown.

That's all there is to it! The vast majority of root canals succeed and preserve teeth indefinitely. Your tooth will look and feel perfectly normal again, and your pain will be gone!

Find out more
If you're in pain, please don't postpone getting an evaluation by Dr. Curt Posey and his caring team. Root canal treatment may be your ticket to a healthy, long-lasting, pain-free tooth! Call today at (559) 227-6755!

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