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What is Root Canal Therapy?

If you’re nervous to sit in the dental chair and restore your tooth with root canal therapy, then you’ve come to the right blog. This treatment doesn’t have to be scary or nerve wracking. In fact, it’s not nearly as bad as many make it sound. Root canal therapy, which is also known as endodontic therapy, can restore your tooth and oral health and give you the pain-free smile you desire.

To help you feel more relaxed in the dental chair during treatment, Dr. Nathan Owens and our dental team would like to tell you a little more about root canals.

Endodontic therapy is necessary when the nerve or pulp of your tooth is severely infected or decayed. Oftentimes, it is so affected that the only other treatment option is tooth extraction. While sitting in the dental chair, Dr. Nathan Owens will remove the infected tissues and will clean the tooth. Once it’s clean, he will seal it with a dental filling or, if necessary, a dental crown.

Unfortunately, this treatment has a bad rep. However, root canal therapy isn’t as painful as people think it is. In fact, the therapy is less painful than the pain you experienced before the treatment and it has about the same level of pain as the treatment involved in placing a dental filling, which is not very much.

After the treatment, you might be a little sore for a few days. This is because of the natural tissue inflammation. However, you should be able to dull the discomfort by taking over-the-counter pain medication. Typically, you should be able to return to normal activities the day after your treatment. Until then, it’s best to rest.

As you can see, root canal therapy in Pulaski, Tennessee, won’t be as bad as you think it could be. This is especially because our Owens Family & Cosmetic Dentistry dental team will take very good care of you. We’ll make sure you’re comfortable and relaxed during treatment. We’ll also use a numbing agent and injection so you won’t feel a thing. For more information and details, please call our office at (931) 277-4666. We will be more than happy to help you so you’ll feel better and more confident about your treatment.

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