Whenever possible, saving the natural tooth is the goal of Dr. Kanning when helping a patient address a severely damaged or infected tooth. Root canal therapy is a “life-saving” treatment for these dental problems and can enable a patient to keep their natural tooth.
Although many patients cringe when root canal treatment is recommended, modern techniques have made this procedure much more comfortable and efficient. Dr. Kanning performs most root canals with a local anesthetic and in most cases, it is no more painful than a dental filling. Patients typically experience immediate relief from the pain caused by the infection within the tooth.
Dr. Kanning may recommend placing a dental crown once the root canal is complete. This will strengthen the tooth and prevent future decay.
The alternative to a root canal is often a tooth extraction- which is permanent. Saving the natural tooth is desired because it prevents the development of additional dental problems after a tooth is lost or extracted: loss of bone in the jaw, shifting of teeth, and the detrimental effects on eating and speaking if not replaced quickly. Tooth replacement is also a more complicated and costly process.
If you are experiencing tooth pain, increased sensitivity or have noticed a tooth that has been discolored, mention this during your next visit to Kanning Dental or schedule a consultation with Dr. Kanning to see if root canal therapy is the solution to your dental concern.
Root Canal FAQ
Is a root canal painful?
A root canal is actually no more painful than a typical tooth filling. The bad reputation surrounding the root canal procedure is mostly due to how painful the actual infection is. Once your dentist removes all the infected tissue, you will most likely feel relief.
I need a root canal but suffer from extreme dental anxiety. What should I do?
Kanning Dental offers sedation dentistry for patients just like you! Our sedation options allow you to be in a deep state of relaxation making it possible for your dentist to complete the root canal without incident. After the sedation wears off, you will most likely not remember anything at all from the root canal treatment and the pain and swelling will be gone.
What are the benefits of choosing a root canal?
The greatest benefit to having a root canal done is being able to preserve your natural tooth. Preserving the natural tooth in it’s oral cavity for as long as possible allows the jaw to maintain a healthy level of bone. Once a tooth is lost, the bone beneath it will slowly begin to deteriorate.