Why Root Canals Are Nothing to Fear

Root canals have a bad reputation as being the scariest of all dental treatments. Sometimes it seems like we’ve all heard the stories. In reality, a root canal is nothing to be afraid of and can make a positive difference in your dental health. Often, before needing a root canal, you may even be in pain. The root canal procedure can quickly and effectively end your discomfort.

The expert modern dental care you receive at Perfect Smiles Dental of Pleasant Hill, California shouldn’t leave you with any additional concerns. If you need a root canal, here’s what our care team, led by Nupur Gupta, DDS, wants you to know about this safe form of oral health care treatment.

When you need help with a painful tooth

There are lots of reasons you might need a root canal, including advanced tooth decay or issues with an over-large filling. You shouldn’t try to ignore a painful tooth. You can risk permanent oral damage and potentially serious health complications.

Instead, get in touch with a professional. If you need a root canal, you can trust the Perfect Smiles Dental of Pleasant Hill team to guide you through the process with a minimum amount of pain and distress. After only a few days of increased sensitivity after your root canal treatment, you should be good to go without further complaints.

Going inside your dental issues

The interior of your teeth contains nerves and blood vessels and can be vulnerable to infection. An infected tooth causes symptoms, such as:

You could also see an abscess or pimple appear on your gum near the impacted tooth.

An infected tooth can cause serious oral and whole-body health issues, from potential tooth loss to an increased risk of heart disease. Instead of risking your painful tooth, let Dr. Gupta help with a root canal.

Removing distressed material

During a root canal, we can actually go inside of your tooth to remove pulp inside that has become damaged by disease. We only need to drill a small opening in your tooth to work through. You won’t feel pain during the procedure. We use both numbing medications and anesthesia applied directly to the treatment area. If you’ve been coping with a painful tooth, the relief can be immediate.

After removing all of the diseased tissue from your affected tooth, including the nerves, bacteria, and pulp, we thoroughly clean the treatment area. Then, we seal your tooth with medicated dental materials and a permanent filling. We may recommend you top the treated tooth with a dental crown to protect it more completely.

To learn more about root canals, schedule an initial consultation appointment with Dr. Gupta today. It’s as simple as calling the Perfect Smiles Dental of Pleasant Hill offices or using the online booking tool at your convenience.

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