At the center of every tooth is its delicate nerve, also known as the dental pulp. When this pulp becomes damaged or infected due to decay or injury, it can cause quite a toothache—the kind that makes it hard to focus on just about anything else! Fortunately, our team can completely relieve this pain and even save extremely compromised teeth with root canal therapy. Thanks to modern dental techniques, this often-feared procedure is now virtually painless.
Root canal therapy is a procedure used to treat infections that are hidden inside the inner chamber of a tooth. The process can be broken down into two steps. First, Dr. Kobza will access the inside of your tooth by creating a window in the biting surface of it. Then, our team will remove the infected pulp of your tooth that’s causing you pain and sanitize the chamber. We’ll restore the structure of your tooth using a substance called gutta percha, and finally, we’ll top it off with a customized dental crown so you can continue using your tooth as you normally would.
The most common sign that you require root canal therapy is a persistent and painful toothache radiating from your affected tooth. Some of the signs include:
It’s a common misconception that root canals are painful, but you’ll be pleased to know that they’re not! Dr. Kobza and our team always prioritize your comfort and will make sure that you don’t feel any pain throughout the procedure. We’ll administer a local anesthetic to the area to numb it beforehand. If you have any questions or if there’s anything we can do to help you feel comfortable, don’t hesitate to let us know.
Recovering from root canal therapy doesn’t usually take too long, and you’ll feel back to yourself in no-time! Below, we’ve included some helpful tips so you can make a fast recovery: