“Root canal” can be a scary term for some people. At Thomas R. Lambert DMD, we use modern technology to make root canals simple and painless.
Root canals are needed when a tooth becomes infected. That means a buildup of bacteria has reached the internal nerve tissue of the tooth. You may notice this infection due to one or more of these common symptoms:
If you notice any of these signs, please contact our office right away. The sooner we see you in our office, the sooner we can take care of the infection and save your tooth. The longer you wait, the more likely your tooth will be to die. For information on our emergency dental care, please visit our page.
Root canal therapy itself is not painful, but the need for one sure is! If you are experiencing pain due to a tooth infection, let us use our safe, modern root canal techniques to erase your discomfort. The process begins by administering a local anesthetic to numb the area. This will take care of any discomfort due to the procedure and help you stay comfortable. We also offer laughing gas and oral conscious dental sedation for patients who want to feel even more at ease.
We will then gently access the interior of the tooth and remove the infected nerve. After cleaning the interior of the tooth, the tooth is saved by placing filling inside roots. We often finish off the dental procedure by placing a dental crown to restore the tooth’s structural integrity. This process effectively eliminates your tooth’s ability to feel pain, restores its health, and helps you get back to your normal life — all very painlessly.
Preventing the need for a root canal is simple. Follow these easy instructions to keep your mouth healthy and clean: