Root canals have long been the boogeyman of the dentistry world. But what if we told you that everything you've heard about root canals is a myth?
This is because people often confuse the pain they experience before the root canal treatment with the procedure itself. Not to mention root canals today aren't anything like they were in years past, thanks to modern dental technology. Now, you can have a painless root canal procedure in 60 minutes or less at our dental office in Edmond, and finally get relief from a distressing tooth infection.
What Is a Root Canal?
A root canal is like a little room inside the tooth that contains the pulp, nerves, and blood vessels, and these fibers connect your tooth to the gums and bone. All of our teeth contain root canals, and some contain more than one in each tooth.
One of the most common symptoms of a root canal infection is severe pain, but people also often experience tooth discoloration, swelling, or develop an abscess. When the root canal gets infected, it must be treated or the infection can spread to other areas of the mouth or body.
The Root Canal Procedure at Edmond Dental Center
The only way to treat an infected root canal is to have root canal therapy or tooth extraction. But before you jump out of your skin in terror, you should know that a root canal shouldn’t hurt! According to the American Association of Endodontists, people who get root canal treatment are six times more likely to describe it as less painful than a tooth extraction.
Before your root canal procedure in Edmond, OK, Dr. Michael Chandler, DDS completely numbs the area so you don’t feel any pain or discomfort.
He then carefully and gently removes the infection from the tooth and disinfects it, cleaning away all signs of bacteria and infection.
Once the tooth is squeaky clean, he fills the tooth to retain its structure and seals it with a dental crown customized to match your natural smile. The dental crown looks and functions just like your natural tooth, and it preserves your tooth’s structure, saving you from needing a dental extraction.
The average root canal procedure is 30 to 60 minutes, while more complex cases can take around 90 minutes. For patients with dental anxiety, we offer various sedation dental options, including nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”).
Schedule Treatment at Our Dentist Office in Edmond, OK!
Dr. Chandler and our team want you to have a positive, stress-free experience at our dental office. Before every root canal treatment, we make sure you are comfortable and at ease, and we use local anesthetics to relieve your pain and sedation to alleviate your anxiety, when needed.