Are you suffering from a toothache? That can ruin your entire day, or keep you tossing and turning all night. If you have a toothache, Dr. Thompson and our caring team are here to help you feel good again! Our busy lives require us to be healthy to accomplish our daily routine, and having good health—both oral and overall health—is essential to our success.
We at Battle Mountain Dental can provide relief from your toothache with a root canal treatment. Years ago, the idea of a root canal caused some worry or concern. But with the general dentistry innovations and technology of today, root canals are usually far less painful than the toothache they are treating!
What is a root canal?
A root canal is a procedure that is used when the root pulp in a tooth becomes infected. Tooth pulp was an essential part of the tooth when you were younger—it helped the tooth mature. However, once the tooth is mature, tooth pulp is no longer strictly necessary and can become infected. This infection is what causes your toothache.
What is the root canal process?
First, Dr. Thompson will give you a regular exam. This helps us analyze your overall dental health. If we find any problems (which is probable if you have a toothache!), a root canal may be recommended.
During the actual root canal procedure, Dr. Thompson will numb the area and then clean out the infected tooth pulp. Once this is complete, he will place some antibiotic medicine to prevent further infection. Finally, he will insert tooth-colored filling material into the repaired tooth. If needed, he may also place a dental crown onto the tooth to make sure it is fully protected.
Getting a root canal may sound like a huge procedure, but if you are at all concerned about it, we do offer dental sedation to help you feel relaxed and comfortable. If you believe you need a root canal, call today! We are ready to help relieve your pain and give you the oral healthcare you need.