By Sean Stannard, DDS
June 14, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

Finding out you need a root canal can be a little unnerving, particularly if you've never experienced one before. Root canals are one of root canalthe few dental procedures that still maintain their painful reputation from many decades ago, when anesthesia was not as widely used as it is today. At Stannard & Studt Dentistry in Waterford, MI, our dentists have performed many root canals during their time in practice. Dr. Sean Stannard and Dr. David Studt are experienced in the latest industry techniques to make any dental procedure comfortable and effective. In this post, you'll learn more about root canals and the reasons they're performed, and why you should put your fears about them to rest.

What are root canals?

Endodontic therapy is the clinical name for root canals and helps explain their function: "endo" means "inside" and "dontic" pertains to the teeth, so root canals are treatments for the inside of the teeth. Each tooth has soft tissues on its insides, and when decay or trauma damages these tissues, they need to be removed to relieve pain and save the tooth from extraction. After the damaged tissue is removed, your Waterford dentist will complete the root canal by reinforcing the tooth with a rubber material on the inside and a crown on the outside.

Why do people consider root canals to be painful?

Most people would agree that while having a cavity filled isn't necessarily fun, it's not painful or traumatizing. Your Waterford dentist wants to let patients know that a root canal is essentially a larger cavity filling; it typically takes more time and has a few more steps, but the process is the same. The area around the tooth is thoroughly numbed before the procedure begins. In fact, people who have pain associated with the damaged inner tissues are usually in pain before their root canal and feel complete relief afterward. While many dental procedures were painful before anesthesia was routinely used, we use the latest technology at Stannard & Studt to make sure that discomfort is minimal at best.

To learn more about root canals, or to schedule your appointment with either Dr. Stannard or Dr. Studt, contact our office in Waterford, MI today!

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