Root Canal Therapy
We have all heard the expression, "I'd rather have a root canal," we've seen the cartoons depicting a dentist shoving an obnoxiously large drill in the mouth of a wide-eyed patient, and have heard root canal horror stories in the movies and on TV. No wonder root canal treatment is the most feared dental procedure, according to the American Association of Endodontists.
Despite the common belief that root canals are excruciatingly painful, in actuality they cause very little pain and discomfort. In fact, root canals actually relieve tooth pain. Harrisonburg SmileMakers in Harrisonburg is here to help.
What is a Root Canal?
Each tooth has tissue containing nerve fibers that run through the center of the root of your tooth, which are called "root canals." When this tissue dies as a result of a deep cavity or trauma, root canal therapy is needed. Without treatment, pain gradually worsens and the tooth can abscess and cause swelling.
What is Root Canal Therapy?
Root canal therapy is used to remove the dead tissue from the tooth. After numbing the area around the tooth, the Harrisonburg SmileMakers team in Harrisonburg will isolate the tooth and sterilize it in order to protect it from bacteria in the mouth. We will remove the dead tissue from the canals and fill those canals with a rubber filling material. The tooth is then built back up and prepared for a crown.
Years ago, completing a root canal would take several, long visits to the dentist. Today, root canals can often be completed in less than one hour during a single visit, thanks to recent advances in technology and new dental techniques.
If you are in need of a root canal but keep putting it off, relieve your pain and call us at 540-432-9036 to make an appointment today!