Dr. Paulson may recommend a root canal to restore health to a damaged or diseased tooth. A root canal serves to preserve the natural tooth and avoid tooth extraction, supporting lasting dental health.
Performed in the comfort of our family dentist office, a root canal is generally no more painful than a dental filling- most patients are relieved of their tooth pain once the root canal procedure is in progress as the infected tissue is removed.
Root Canals: What To Expect
The term root canal refers to the interior of a tooth where the pulp and nerves are located. A root canal treatment is needed when a tooth is significantly damaged or has decay that extends into the pulp chamber. Tooth pain is usually the first sign patients experience, though a dentist can spot infection during routine examinations.
Dr. Paulson will explain the process prior to your treatment and ensure your comfort during the procedure. A local anesthetic will be used to ensure your comfort, and Dr. Paulson offers sedation options for patients who prefer to be completely relaxed during treatment.
To strengthen a tooth after root canal therapy, Dr. Paulson often recommends the placement of a dental crown. Custom fit and color matched to your natural teeth, a dental crown fits around the tooth like a cap and will support the long term health of your tooth.