Today’s Kenneth Hovden DDS post addresses one of the most feared dental procedures: the infamous root canal.
If you are told that you need a root canal, don’t panic. Your dentist recommends this procedure when it is better for your tooth than the alternatives.
A successful root canal (or endodontic treatment in “dental speak”) can save a tooth and prevent the need for an extraction followed by a dental bridge, dental implant, or gap in your smile.
If, after a thorough evaluation, we determine that a tooth needs a root canal, Dr. Hovden will explain the procedure and costs that are involved.
Root canals are carried out to save an infected tooth. If not treated, abscesses and complete tooth loss may occur.
During the procedure, Hovden will remove the nerve and pulp, and then clean and disinfect the interior of your tooth (the canal). The next step is filling and sealing the cleaned area with a special rubbery material, and then protecting the restored tooth with a crown or filling.
Root canals have a reputation of being painful, but this is not the case anymore. There are several effective pain management methods available today at Kenneth Hovden DDS. We will make sure you are comfortable during the procedure. Once the infected tissue is removed, we will focus on helping the area heal.
If you are unfamiliar with our services at Kenneth Hovden DDS, be sure to visit our website at http://cosmeticimplantdentistryca.com/services.php to get more details.