I Need a Root Canal; Should I be Scared?
There are a lot of stories out there about root canals, but that’s what they are, just stories. The truth is root canals are nothing to fear. Modern root canals, also called endodontic procedures, are a state-of-the-art treatment to relieve tooth pain. In the past, the only choice to relieve tooth pain was to extract your tooth. Now, thanks to modern techniques and materials, you can keep your tooth and your smile. Dr. Scott Terry, your family dentist in the neighborhood of North Vernon, IN wants you to know all about root canal therapy.
You may have been told you need a root canal because you have a tooth that is:
- Deeply decayed
- Traumatized or injured
- Infected with an abscess
- Extremely painful
Sometimes a tooth hurts and sometimes not, and you still may need a root canal. The only person who can tell you for sure is a North Vernon dentist. He can take x-rays and do some testing on your tooth to find out for sure if you need a root canal. If it turns out you do need a root canal, don’t be afraid! Dr. Terry is committed to providing you with comfortable treatment throughout your appointment and beyond.
Dr. Terry will begin your treatment by opening your tooth and cleaning out the infected tissue. He typically will place a sedative material inside your tooth, allowing it to “calm down” for a few days. At your second appointment, if your tooth is no longer painful, Dr. Terry will clean out your tooth further and shape the inside of your tooth. Your tooth is filled with an inert rubbery material called gutta-percha. He will finish your root canal treatment by capping the opening on the top of your tooth with a permanent metal filling.
Once your root canal is complete, Dr. Terry will most likely recommend placing a crown on your tooth. This is because once a tooth has been cleaned out from a root canal it can become weaker and more prone to fracture. He offers a full range of crown materials to choose from including gold and porcelain.
If you think you might need a root canal, fear not! Stop by and visit Dr. Scott Terry, your family dentist in the neighborhood of North Vernon, IN. You deserve a comfortable root canal experience and the best treatment available, so call today!