Owensboro, KY dentist explains the procedure for root canal therapy

While many patients associate pain and discomfort with the root canal procedure, this is very rarely the case. In fact, the pain and discomfort a patient feels before the procedure is what brings them to the dentist for a solution, and the root canal therapy eliminates the pain.

Drs. Thompson and Frey of Owensboro, KY are dentists who can perform procedures such as root canal therapy. The treatment removes the dental pulp from the inside of the tooth to relieve a patient of pain. This pain may be caused by a deep cavity, a diseased nerve, or an infection that affects the inner portion of the natural tooth. The only way to address this is to remove the tissues, nerves, and blood supply from the inside, disinfect the inner area of the tooth, and seal it to avoid further infection or disease. This is often an effort to save a natural tooth before requiring extraction.

At Thompson and Frey Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, we provide root canals to those who need them. This procedure is done under local anesthetic, and sedation may be administered if necessary. The patient is relaxed and comfortable before the dentist starts. A hole is drilled into the problem tooth, and the inner area of the tooth is accessed. Using specialized tools, the dentist removes the dental pulp and then cleans the inside of the canals. The area is disinfected to ensure all bacteria are removed. Then, the tooth is filled and sealed.

After a root canal, the tooth is weakened. Since the blood supply is removed, the tooth is no longer “alive” and may be susceptible to damage. In many cases, a dental crown is bonded over the tooth to protect it and ensure that the tooth is not harmed or broken, as this may result in the necessary removal and restoration of the natural tooth.

Patients with pain and discomfort of a tooth may require root canal therapy. Drs. Thompson and Frey ensure patients enjoy better oral health. If you have been uncomfortable and are experiencing an unusual toothache that has been bothersome, it may be time to see a professional. Call Thompson and Frey Cosmetic and Family Dentistry of Owensboro, KY today to schedule an appointment and determine if root canal therapy is the solution for you.


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