If you’ve been told that you need to have a root canal in Fresno, perhaps you’re not exactly sure what that fully entails. While the process might sound a bit overwhelming root canal treatment is quite common, with around 15 million root canals being performed the US each year alone. No one wants to lose a permanent tooth; therefore, sometimes the best way to protect your teeth is with root canal therapy.
Root canal therapy is used to properly treat an infected or inflamed tooth.
If your Fresno dentist has recommended getting root canal treatment then it’s because you have either an inflamed or infected pulp and it needs to be removed. The pulp is the soft tissue within the tooth that also contains blood vessels, tissue and nerves.
An infected pulp can be caused by decay, cracks or chips in your tooth, or direct trauma. A root canal will help save your tooth from further damage and also clean out the infection.
While you may have heard horror stories about root canal treatment, you can rest assured that this procedure is truly not as involved or stressful as it might seem. In fact, having a root canal really feels no different than having a tooth filled. Before we begin your procedure we will use a local anesthetic to ensure that you don’t experience any pain or discomfort throughout the treatment. Most patients that come to us are already in a significant amount of pain, and some report feeling instantly better after treatment.
It’s completely normal to feel a little sore for a few days following your root canal therapy. You will be prescribed medication to help lessen the post-procedural pain. However, if you notice any severe pain after a couple days, then call your Fresno dentist immediately.
If you want to preserve your natural smile and your Fresno dentist has recommended getting a root canal, then it’s time to do what you need to in order to protect your teeth. Call us today to schedule your upcoming procedure.