Too often, a dentist’s office is seen as a painful and scary place. At Thompson & Frey Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in Owensboro, we try to to counter that image with a friendly and helpful environment. But when patients hear they need a root canal, their alarm systems can go off.
Root canals still carry a strong association with pain. But the source of pain is invariably an abcessed tooth or similar issue. A root canal eases that pain.
A root canal, or endodontic therapy as it is properly called, involves cleaning the inside of the tooth by removing the bacteria, soft tissue (called pulp), decayed nerve tissue, and any debris that may be causing the tooth infection. Then we seal it to prevent further decay, and finish by applying a crown or filling.
That, in short form, is a root canal. In many cases, a root canal is a better option than removing the infected tooth entirely, since it allows you to keep your natural tooth.
Though a root canal can be intimidating or scary, learning what they are all about can relieve much of your anxiety. Knowledge really is power!
At Thompson & Frey Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in Owensboro, we perform root canals on a regular basis. Other services include comprehensive family dentistry, and much more. Schedule your next cleaning and checkup with us today.