Root canal therapy the answer to dental problems in Indianapolis
The words “root canal” are enough to cause stress and anxiety in many people. Over the years that this treatment has been used by dentists, it has earned a reputation it doesn’t deserve. In the earliest days of practice, this procedure was uncomfortable. However, most dental treatments in the early days of modern dentistry were uncomfortable. Advances in dentistry have resulted in improved tools, techniques, anesthetics, and comfort. Today, root canal therapy is the solution to problems with pain from infection. In our Indianapolis dental practice, patients are treated with the utmost in care as we handle dental issues with comfort.
Dr. Church and the staff at Washington Street Dentistry see many patients for root canal treatment. The actual root canal procedure is for removing infected pulp tissue. A beneficial form of treatment, root canal therapy paves the way for the preservation of natural tooth structure, a primary goal of dentistry. Although many people feel fearful of root canal therapy, this comfortable procedure alleviates pain caused by infection.
A person may require root canal therapy when the pulp of a tooth has become diseased, infected, or traumatized in some way. Often, the pulp becomes infected due to an untreated cavity. When bacteria invade a tooth, the first effect is a cavity, which grows larger over time. The more enamel and dentin that are worn away by bacterial acid, the more risk there is to the delicate tissue deep inside the tooth. When the inner area of the tooth has become infected, persistent pain will develop. Until treatment is received, this pain will continue and worsen.
Using specialized tools and innovative techniques, your dentist has the ability to remove infected tissue from within the pulp chamber successfully. This procedure is performed under local anesthetic, just like a dental filling. When the area has been numbed, patients feel no more than the slight pressure of the dentist’s hand, just like a dental filling. We understand that there may be some anxiety surrounding root canal therapy even when details have been thoroughly explained. It is our desire that our patients gain the most benefit from dental care. If you feel nervous about root canal treatment, or any other form of dental care in our office, we invite you to discuss your options for sedation.
The team at Washington Street Dentistry wants you to experience the best in dental care. Contact us to schedule your check-up with Dr. Church.