Indianapolis area dentist describes the root canal process
The words “root canal” often bring to mind a scary dental treatment. However, this couldn’t be less accurate. In fact, root canal therapy is performed to relieve pain and discomfort. The entire process is relatively simple. Dr. Matthew Church and the team of Washington Street Dentistry can explain root canal therapy from start to finish so patients can understand how beneficial this service can be.
What is root canal therapy?
Root canal therapy, or endodontic therapy, is a procedure done to remove the dental pulp from inside of a tooth’s structure. This mass of tissues houses the blood supply and nerves and can be the source of pain when cavities, disease, or infection enter into the middle of the tooth. By removing the dental pulp, the pain is eliminated and patients can avoid extraction.
Who is a candidate for this treatment?
Candidates for root canal therapy are patients who have an infection or damage to the dental pulp. This may include large cavities, an abscess, infection,inflammation, or injury. Instead of extracting the natural tooth and dealing with restorations such as implants, bridges, or dentures, patients can keep their tooth after treatment.
Does it hurt?
No, it doesn’t! Patients are made comfortable using sedation in addition to local anesthetics. Sedation dentistry options available to our patients include nitrous oxide gas and oral conscious sedation.
Quality dental care is a phone call away!
At Washington Street Dentistry, we welcome new patients to our practice. Dr. Matthew Church and his team can assist patients with a wide range of general, family, and restorative dentistry. When it comes to root canal therapy, the process can be intimidating. Contact us today at (317) 333-6788 or visit our practice at 10935 East Washington Street in Indianapolis, Indiana to schedule a visit to our dental practice.
To learn more about root canal therapy, call us today at (317) 333-6788.