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Why You Shouldn’t Be Intimidated By Root Canal Therapy

Few words in the English language bring more stress and fear than the phrase Root Canal. Back in the day, root canals were a brutal procedure that when done incorrectly caused patients a lot of pain and recovery time. Nowadays, root canals are much more common and painless procedures. The most important decision that you can make when you are thinking about getting any dental work done is which practice you will choose. The right practice can be the difference between months of drawn-out recovery and follow up appointments and a quick in-and-out procedure. If you want to learn more about root canals or how you can easily get your dental care on the right track, come into Fenton Family Dentistry today. For years, Dr. Nieva  and Fenton Family Dentistry have been Missouri’s most trusted dental practice and we are proud to be industry leaders in both patient care and dentistry. Schedule an appointment in our COVID-19 safe office today.

What is a Root Canal?

Tooth and dental decay can happen in a number of different ways. From superficial damage like staining and chipping to deep and invasive rot, each type of tooth decay requires a different type of treatment and a unique health care plan. A root canal is a procedure that is specifically designed to clear out any decay that is in the pulp of your tooth. Your tooth pulp is made up of nerves and blood vessels and resides in the center of your tooth. This pulp can get infected or begin decaying if your tooth has been cracked for a long period of time, if your tooth pulp has been exposed, or if your tooth has suffered from extensive decay.

The reality is that once your tooth pulp has been affected by these issues, you will be experiencing extreme pain every time your talk, chew, or open your mouth. The best way to get rid of this pain is through a quick and easy root canal treatment. Don’t believe the bad press on root canals, most patients report that their root canal treatments are about as painful as a filling procedure. In fact, most of the patients we treat with root canal therapy say that the pain before the procedure vastly outweighed any discomfort they felt during or after the procedure.

What to Expect with your Root Canal

As we’ve outlined above, you have nothing to fear when you hear the words root canal. Your dentist will begin by numbing the area with a local anesthetic to make sure that you feel nothing at all throughout the procedure. From there, your dentist will choose the best area to access the affected pulp and clean out the affected area. Once the damaged pulp has been cleaned out, your dentist will then seal up the area and ensure that any remaining damage is cleaned up and repaired. From there, your dentist will finish any other care and you will be up and on your way. Your recovery time will vary depending on your specific needs and your case, but you can expect to be back to full health in just a few days.

Here at Fenton Family Dentistry, we believe in providing each and every one of our patients with industry-leading and outstanding care. Regardless of whether you are afraid of the dentist, are interested in basic care, or need a practice that you can trust with your whole family, we are here to help you. Schedule your appointment today to see why we are one of the most trusted dental practices in Missouri.