Root canals: nothing inspires more fear in patients than those two words. You might have heard horror stories from some older relatives about the pain that they experienced. Knowing that root canals have such a bad reputation, it’s no wonder that so many people are terrified of the procedure. However, modern advances in endodontics have made this anxiety entirely unfounded.
Let’s set the record straight. A root canal in Victoria is a procedure in which dentists remove the nerve inside of a tooth. When left untreated, infections can cause abscesses to form in your mouth. This can spread to other areas of your mouth and eventually the rest of your body. In order to save your tooth—in other words to prevent it from having to be extracted—your dentist has to remove the infected pulp (nerve).
Your dentist will first take an X-ray of your tooth in order to examine the root of the problem and determine the best course of action. If your situation is complicated and requires highly specialized care, your dentist might refer you to an endodontist, a dentist who specializes in root canals.
Because your comfort is our priority, our dentists will numb the infected tooth to make the procedure as comfortable as possible. We also offer IV sedation during treatments to alleviate any stress or fear.
You might experience slight tooth sensitivity in the days following a root canal; over-the-counter pain relievers are usually sufficient to alleviate any discomfort. If the tooth that has undergone a root canal hasn’t been capped, a crown may be recommended to strengthen it.
Contact us as soon as possible if you’re experiencing pain in your teeth, and we’ll determine if you need a root canal in Victoria.
We can help you fit a root canal in your busy schedule, even today.
Lynn was referred to Dr. Crapo by friends who told her she could experience truly comfortable dentistry. Like so many other patients, she never enjoyed her trips to the dentist. Now, she arrives at our office feeling relaxed thanks to IV sedation.
“It was very simple. Obviously, very painless. I liked the fact that it was quick… you come out a little groggy, but what I like is there’s no sensation of being frozen. It’s just a great way to go through dental treatments… I’ve been to several dentists over the years, and I think Dr. Crapo is the best.”