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Root Canal Therapy Offers a Safe and Effective Solution for Excessive Tooth Pain

Posted Jun 06 2011 4:31pm

As a general dentist , it’s my responsibility to restore your damaged teeth to good health, and protect your healthy teeth at the same time.

One of the ways I do this is with root canal therapy. By performing a root canal on your damaged, decaying tooth, I can save the tooth from extraction. Despite advances in technology and dental techniques, root canals still have a bad reputation and remain one of the most feared dental procedures.

Some common myths about root canal therapy include:

  • Root canal therapy will hurt. We generally perform a root canal when you experience pain from a damaged tooth (although tooth pain is not the only indicator that root canal therapy is needed). Infected tooth pulp, a broken tooth, and a dying nerve usually indicate the need for a root canal. [Symptoms usually include an exposed root, hot or cold sensitivity that linger or come on spontaneously, pressure sensitity and radiographic evidence or history of a prior deep restoration.] The procedure will typically alleviate pain, not cause pain, and most patients report feeling much better after the tooth has been restored.
  • A root canal requires several appointments. In most cases, I can perform a root canal in just one or two appointments, depending on the extent of infection and the complexity of the canal. It is necessary that you come back to my office to have your dental crown placed following your procedure.
  • Benefits of root canal therapy won’t last long. A tooth treated with a root canal is a healthy tooth, and a healthy tooth can potentially last a lifetime. Failure to have a crown placed over the tooth following a root canal can result in further damage, but with a dental crown and proper oral hygiene, your tooth will be strong for years to come.
  • It’s easier to have the tooth extracted. As a dental caregiver, I strive to keep as much of your natural tooth structure intact as possible. Tooth extraction (and replacement) is much more invasive than a root canal and usually requires several more appointments to complete. While extraction may be cheaper today and get you out of pain, in the future, you will either have to consider a bridge, an implant, or a partial denture to replace the tooth. Each of these can add up to more expense and time in the chair.

I’m Dr. Randy LaFrom , a cosmetic, restorative, and general dentist in Cupertino, California, and I encourage you to call my dental office at (408) 996-8595 if you suffer from tooth pain, damaged teeth, or just want a stunning smile.

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